Recursively delete all files with a given extension

That is evil: rm -r is not for deleting files but for deleting directories.
Luckily there are probably no directories matching *.o.

What you want is possible with zsh but not with sh or bash (new versions of
bash cannot do this by default but if the shell option globstar is
enabled: shopt
-s globstar). The globbing pattern is **/*.o but that would not be limited
to files, too (maybe zsh has tricks for the exclusion of non-files, too).

But this is rather for find:

find . -type f -name ‘*.o’ -delete

or (as I am not sure whether -delete is POSIX)

find . -type f -name ‘*.o’ -exec rm {} +

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