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Old 12-11-2004, 10:27 AM   #1
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how can i delete an directory??


how can i use rm to delete an directory, i try to use option -d but still not work, also i try to use -r it works,however you have to comfirm everytime.
 
Old 12-11-2004, 10:39 AM   #2
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recursion delete:
rm -rf dirname

empty dir delete:
rmdir dirname


comfirm everytime problem:
it's caused by -i option, probably you have alias rm='rm -i'
 
Old 12-11-2004, 10:47 AM   #3
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be careful when using "rm -rf" coz it's irreversible.
 
Old 12-16-2004, 02:57 AM   #4
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by the way, you said "rm -rf" coz it's irreversible. does that mean the other can reversible???? can you give me on detail how to do that
 
Old 12-16-2004, 03:15 AM   #5
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by the way, you said "rm -rf" coz it's irreversible. does that mean the other can reversible???? can you give me on detail how to do that
They aren't. What he meant to say was that you can easily delete entire directories with everything in them by mistake. For instance, I once did a 'rm /etc -fr' instead of 'rm etc -fr' while root. No fun. But if you use a desktop environment like KDE or Gnome, they have trashcan thingies if you delete it with their file manager (Konqueror or Nautilus).
 
  


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