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How to delete directory command in Terminal

Posted by geekubuntu on February 4, 2009

How to delete a directory in terminal?

You need to use the
rmdir utility / command. The rmdir utility removes the directory entry
specified by each directory argument, provided it is empty. Arguments
are processed in the order given. In order to remove both a parent
directory and a subdirectory of that parent, the subdirectory must be
specified first so the parent directory is empty when rmdir tries to
remove it.

Remove / Delete directory called /tmp/foo

Open the terminal. Type the following command:

$ rmdir /tmp/foo

Recursive removal

Remove all files and directories (recursive removal):
$ rm -rf /path/to/directory
$ rm -rf /tmp/foo

Please note that you can also pass -p option to rmdir command. Each
directory argument is treated as a pathname of which all components
will be removed, if they are empty, starting with the last most

$ rmdir -p /tmp/x/y/z

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