How to Delete a Non-empty Directory from Terminal in Ubuntu
Answer: Use the
You can use the following command to delete or remove all files and folders contained in a directory.
For example, if your current working directory is
/var/www and you want to delete the directory named
sample inside of it, you can simply use the command:
Or, if you prefer absolute path you can run the following command.
Both commands will have the same effect, because current working directory doesn't matter when you use absolute path. Any path that starts with a forward slash
/ is an absolute path.
The options have the following meanings:
-r: Recursive remove.
rmwill recursively remove directory and everything under it.
-f: Forced remove. Unwritable files are forcibly removed. By default,
rmwill ask permission before removing unwritable files. Use this option with care.
Additionally, for interactive removal you can use the option
-i with the
rm command (i.e.
-rfi). With this option
rm will ask permission before removing anything.
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