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Old 10-23-2002
Question removing a dir named: $HOME

How do I remove a directory named: $HOME

$ rm "$HOME"
rm: $HOME is a directory

$ rmdir "$HOME"
rmdir: directory "/home/bob": Directory is a mount point or in use
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Old 10-23-2002
If I'm correct you want to remove a directory named literally as $HOME

rm '$HOME'
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Old 10-23-2002
if the directory is having some content you don't want to keep...

rm -rf '$HOME'
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Old 10-23-2002
This better NOT be a homework question, but I will answer anyway.

$HOME is a variable for your home directory path. The same thing would happen if you used the full path /path/to/my/homedir

If you try to remove $HOME, it will try to remove YOUR home directory. That's why you get the "busy" error.

"you can't pull the rug out from under your own feet"
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Old 10-25-2002
you have to go into you /home directory and the delete the users directory from there there.So if you want to delete bobs home directory just type 'rm -rf bob' and your done.

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