rmw (ReMove to Waste) is a cross-platform command-line "trash can" utility. It can send files to your "Desktop" trash, or a completely separate folder; restore files and append a unique string to the filenames so they won't be overwritten (duplication protection).
Web site: https://remove-to-waste.info/
This is the README for the development version of rmw. It may mention features that aren't included in the last release, or differ in other ways. The README from the last release is at https://github.com/theimpossibleastronaut/rmw/blob/v0.7.01/README.md
Contact / Support
See website Help and Support section
If you are building from source, you will need the libncursesw(5 or 6)-dev package from your operating system distribution.
Note: On OpenBSD, you must precede
Note: On OSX, ncursesw isn't provided by default but can be installed
brew install ncurses. Then precede
Note: rmw has been built on Windows 2 years ago using Cygwin but it didn't use the proper directories. We have no Windows developers working on this project and are hoping that some will join soon!. As stated in the description, the goal of this project is a "cross-platform" utility; so getting rmw to work reliably on Windows is still on the TODO list.
As a normal user:
../configure --help to view available compile-time options.
mkdir build cd build ../configure make
Installing without superuser privileges
If you would like to install rmw without superuser privileges, use a prefix that you have write access to. Example:
../configure --prefix=$HOME/usr make make install
rmw will be installed to $HOME/usr/bin and the configuration file will be copied to $HOME/usr/etc
Pre-built binary packages
Packages for some operating systems are available on the Downloads page
Using Homebrew on Mac OS X
Add a tap and install rmw:
- brew tap theimpossibleastronaut/homebrew-extras
- brew install rmw
Uninstall / Cleaning up
- make uninstall (uninstalls the program if installed with 'make install`)
- make distclean (removes files in the build directory created by
== First-time use == If you installed rmw as a normal user, this next step can be skipped. After rmw is installed, create the user configuration directory by typing 'rmw' and hitting enter. A configuration file will be automatically created in $HOME/.config/rmw. Edit the file as desired. == Configuration File == Documentation explaining the configuration can be found in rmwrc. Waste folders will be created automatically. (e.g. if '$HOME/trash.rmw' is listed in the config file, these 3 directories will be created: $HOME/trash.rmw $HOME/trash.rmw/files $HOME/trash.rmw/info If one of the WASTE folders is on removable media, then the user has the option of appending ',removable' (details in etc/rmwrc). == Features and Options == Usage: rmw [OPTION]... FILE... ReMove the FILE(s) to a WASTE directory listed in configuration file or: rmw -s or: rmw -u or: rmw -z FILE... Restore FILE(s) from a WASTE directory -h, --help -t, --translate display a translation of the configuration file -c, --config filename use an alternate configuration -l, --list list waste directories -g, --purge run purge even if it's been run today -o, --orphaned check for orphaned files (maintenance) -f, --force allow purge to run -v, --verbose increase output messages -w, --warranty display warranty -V, --version display version and license information ===] Restoring [=== -z, --restore <wildcard filename(s) pattern> -s, --select select files from list to restore -u, --undo-last undo last ReMove == Purging == If purging is 'on', rmw will permanently delete files from the folders specified in the configuration file after 'x' number of days. Purging can be disabled by using 'purge_after = 0' in configuration file. rmw will only check once per day if it's time to purge (use -g to check more often). Purge requires -f (--force) to run. To skip that requirement, add the line force_not_required to your configuration file. The day of the last purge is stored in $HOME/config/rmw/lastpurge == Empty the Trash == To empty the trash completely, rmw can use the environmental variable RMWTRASH. Usage: RMWTRASH=empty rmw -fg == -z option == To restore a file, or multiple files, specify the path to them in in the <WASTE>/files folder (wildcards ok). e.g. 'rmw -z ~/.local/share/Trash/files/foo*' Files can also be restored using only the basename, from within any directory. NOTE: That feature will not process wildcards unless the user is in a <WASTE>/files folder and the filespec actually exists in the present working directory. == -t, --translate == A translation of the configuration file in your native language (if available) will be displayed. (If you would be interested in adding a translation, please visit https://github.com/theimpossibleastronaut/rmw/wiki/Translating) == -f, --force == rmw will normally refuse to purge directories if they contain non-writable subdirectories. You can use -f 2 times if you ever see a message that tells you "permission denied; directory still contains files" (e.g. rwm -gff). ## Notes After you use rmw, it will create a 'lastpurge' and 'lastrmw' file in $HOME/config/rmw. `lastpurge` contains the day of the last time rmw did a purge check (it only checks once per day). `lastrmw` contains the filenames of the last rmw operation; the file is read when `rmw -u` is used.