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Old 04-21-2003, 09:22 AM   #1
sadiboyz
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deleting non-empty directory


Howdy

how to remove/delete a directory which is not empty, without first emptying the directory. like i mean in one go, with a single command.
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Old 04-21-2003, 09:31 AM   #2
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rm -rf /directory

Be careful, this can be dangerous, if you accidently leave a space between the / and name of the directory, you will delete everything on your system.

Also a search would have found this as its asked all the time with replies.
 
Old 04-21-2003, 09:29 PM   #3
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I think you'd be better off typing the following:

man rmdir

You should take not of the --ignore-on-non-empty or whatever the option is (I'm not at my Slackbox to give you the proper option, but if you read the man page, you'll find what you're looking for--and it's harder to delete your whole system with the rmdir command).

Hope this helps.
 
  


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