Removing a non-empty directory in Linux

Might sound lame..But this was one of the major problem that I used to face when I started using Linux. Whenever we want to remove a directory from the directory tree, we go to the parent directory of the directory which we want to delete. But if the directory is non-empty, then despitelogging as a superuser, we cant remove the directory. And this annoys novice users.

rmdir too doesnt come for the aid

There is a quick solution to this, which novice users (atleast me at that time) never think of !!

Use :

rm -rf <directory_path>

-r : remove recursively

-f : forcibly

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Removing a non-empty directory in Linux by Ashwin Tumma is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 India License.


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