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Old 11-21-2003, 01:49 PM   #1
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RMDIR - how to remove a non-empty directory??


How do you remove a non-empty directory without having to manually delete all of its contents??
 
Old 11-21-2003, 01:52 PM   #2
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rm -R /path/to/directory
rm -rf /path/to/directory

Use with caution.......
 
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Old 11-21-2003, 02:49 PM   #3
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You always CAN use a gui tool like konqueror to do that, you know. You don't have to do EVERYTHING by the command line.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 02:52 PM   #4
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You always CAN use a gui tool like konqueror to do that, you know. You don't have to do EVERYTHING by the command line.
or an in between like File Runner. use it. love it.
 
Old 11-21-2003, 02:52 PM   #5
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what's wrong with using the command line??
 
Old 11-21-2003, 03:11 PM   #6
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what's wrong with using the command line??
It always works and gives error messages if something is wrong?

No, wait! That's what is right with the command line...
 
Old 11-22-2003, 11:22 AM   #7
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Be EXTREMELY careful.
This is how (not that specific command) that I messed up my intire Linux install. had to reformat both hdd's. No backup did I have either.
sigh...
be warned!!

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Old 11-22-2003, 11:30 AM   #8
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ok, thanks!!
 
Old 11-22-2003, 02:41 PM   #9
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ok, thanks!!
just had to say jacksmash: your sig sounds like my enitre csc120 class-=myself
 
Old 11-23-2003, 08:44 AM   #10
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#rm -rf / oops!
 
Old 11-23-2003, 11:54 AM   #11
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#rm -rf / oops!
Like I'm going to try that!!
 
Old 11-23-2003, 12:03 PM   #12
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So you think. You actually may do that unintentionally. Several people have thought that, but did it anyhow.

When in root, sit on your hands a lot and resist the urge to hit enter. Read what you typed several times because once you hit that enter key, the commands get carried out as long as there is enough system left to perform them.
 
Old 11-23-2003, 12:39 PM   #13
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Good tip. Thanks!
 
Old 11-23-2003, 12:43 PM   #14
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If it doesn't work, stick a -f in there. That's what I usually do! (In my mind -f stands for "just f***ing do it)!
 
Old 11-23-2003, 12:47 PM   #15
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