rmdir when directory is not empty

Chasecreek Systemhouse chasecreek.systemhouse at gmail.com
Tue Dec 20 18:28:18 UTC 2005

On 12/20/05, Mogens Kjaer <mk at crc.dk> wrote:

> > That won't work on directories that have tens of thousands of files.
> Why not?
> As long as you don't do a:
> rm -f /dir/folder-with-many-files/*
> that, of course won't work, but
> rm -rf /dir/folder-with-many-files
> should work.

Have you tried it?  rm will fail because the shell cannot keep track
of that many;
the find cmd works because it deals with one file at a time.

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