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Article ID: 76
by: Reese K.
Posted: 08 Nov, 2012
Last updated: 08 Nov, 2012
Views: 1551

Sometimes, after performing VPS migrations, the soft links in /etc/vz/conf may not be removed.  Over time, the dead links may build up and cause many 'No such file or directory' messages when trying to look for common settings amonst all conf files (ie cat /etc/vz/conf/*.conf  | grep whatever).

Quick easy way to delete these dead links:

~# cd /etc/vz/conf

~# for f in `find . -type l ! -exec test -r {} \; -print`; do rm -f $f; done

One liner:

~# find -L -type l -exec rm -f {} \;

* Please test before issuing these commands on production systems!!

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