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Old 08-26-2002
remove a nonempty directory

How can I remove a non empty directory. ' rmdir directory_name ' complains that the directory is not empty. The same problem happens with ' rmdir directory_name/* '
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Old 08-26-2002
you need rm

please rean the man pages of rm carefully before this

you can use rm -R for removing files AND directory recursively

Recursively remove directories and subdirectories in the argument list. The directory will be emptied of files and removed. The user is normally prompted for removal of any write-protected files which the directory contains. The write-protected files are removed without prompting, however, if the -f option is used, or if the standard input is not a terminal and the -i option is not used.

Symbolic links that are encountered with this option will not be traversed.

If the removal of a non-empty, write-protected directory is attempted, the utility will always fail (even if the -f option is used), resulting in an error message.

Same as -r option.
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Old 08-26-2002

This is my official warning regarding "rm -r somedir".

Please use this with care, because if you mistype the directory, you can do serious damage.

Remember this old but wise saying: " Perfect paranoia is perfect awareness".

And by no means use the rm -r *, I shudder even when I think of this command.Smilie

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