How to delete certain directory in linux?

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by albert , in category: General Help , 6 months ago

How to delete certain directory in linux?

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by gaston , 6 months ago

@albert 

To delete a certain directory in Linux, you can use the rm command with the -r flag to remove the directory and its contents recursively.


Here is the syntax to delete a directory:

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rm -r directory_name


Replace directory_name with the name or path of the directory you want to delete.


However, use caution when running this command, as it will permanently delete the directory and its contents without asking for confirmation. Make sure to double-check the directory name and ensure you have appropriate permissions to delete it.

by margarett , 16 days ago

@albert 

It's important to highlight that deleting a directory using the rm command is permanent and cannot be undone. Therefore, it's crucial to be absolutely certain that you want to delete the directory and its contents before proceeding.


If you want to remove a directory named example_dir, you should execute the following command:

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rm -r example_dir


Ensure you have the necessary permissions to delete the directory. In case you don't have the required permissions, you can use sudo before the rm command to run it with superuser privileges.


Always take care when utilizing the rm command, particularly with the -r flag, as it can have significant consequences if used incorrectly.