Delete files and folders recursively in subdirectories

You can do it using following find command:

find /path/to/transfer -mindepth 2 -delete

-mindepth 2 parameter tells find to ignore first two level of directories: searched directory itself, and all files and folders that are directly in it.

-delete parameter just simply tells find to delete all files.

You can always add more parameters (for example -mtime) according to your needs.

A failed answer:

rm -R transfer/user*/.


$ rm -R transfer/user*/.
rm: refusing to remove '.' or '..' directory: skipping 'transfer/user1/.'

Eliminates the contents of all of the users, but leaves empty user* directories. Although the "dot"/"period"/"current directory" won't be removed, it can be used as a starting point for recursive deleting under that location.

Update: Unfortunately, I need to retract any recommendation on using this answer. I actually did test this before posting, but upon hearing that it didn't work, I re-tested and it failed. Simply, nothing got deleted. Somehow, my earlier test must have been done incorrectly. I did find a way to handle this, but decided the update was so significantly different that the existing comments of this answer would not match the update well at all, so I posted the other (again, tested) solution as a different answer.