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Old 08-31-2002, 02:54 PM   #1
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How can I delete a directory and its files?

I would like to delete a directory and all of its subdirectories and files in one command, can anyone tell me how to do this?
Old 08-31-2002, 03:10 PM   #2
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rm -rf <directory>
Old 08-31-2002, 03:36 PM   #3
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When you are root, make sure that there is no space between your slash and the directory:

rm -rf / <directory>

or bad things will happen.

I'd use

rm -rf <TAB>

for a list of options.
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great warning

what does the f mean? r means to include all subfolders right?
Old 08-31-2002, 11:59 PM   #5
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Don't prompt, in other words, every file would go through and ask you if you are sure, this way, it will just remove it.
Old 09-01-2002, 01:52 AM   #6
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Originally posted by ShawnD
great warning

what does the f mean? r means to include all subfolders right?
r means recursive
f stands for force

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Old 09-01-2002, 04:25 AM   #7
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check out the man pages for more information. at the prompt, type:
man rm


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