rm list too long?

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try this instead
Are you getting:
rm *
-bash: /usr/bin/rm: Argument list too long

Try this:
find . -iname '*' | xargs rm

Or this (if you want to do it nicely):

nice -n19 ionice -c2 -n7 find . -iname '*' | xargs nice -n19 ionice -c3 -n7  rm -rfv

Drop the v if you don't want to see output.