Re: How can I delete directories that are not empty?
From: Robert Hull (Robert_at_please.do-not-spam.me.uk)
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2003 18:08:17 +0100
In message <email@example.com>, Barry OGrady
>On Sat, 30 Aug 2003 19:28:30 +0300, "PM" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>On Sun, 31 Aug 2003 01:11:55 +1000, Barry OGrady wrote:
>>> On Tue, 29 Jul 2003 13:41:17 GMT, takashi <email@example.com> wrote:
>>>>Hi. I have had troubled deleting directories that are not empty. When I
>>>>use a command " rmdir directoryName ", bash complains that the directory
>>>>is not empty. Do I have to delete all the files inside the directory
>>>>first? But how can I delete all the files with one command? I really
>>>>don't want to delete one file at a time, using " rm fileName".
>>>> Thank you, and have a good day.
>>> rm *
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>>Did you really mean rm * ?
>>Won't that do just a little bit more than intended?
>You are right. What about rm dirname?
That will fail if the directory is not empty unless you use either -r or
--recursive to remove the files in the directory recursively.
If you are root, you can use -d to remove the directory whether empty or
not but I do not know what happens to the files in that directory in
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