rmdir when directory is not empty
mike.mccarty at sbcglobal.net
Thu Dec 22 19:42:51 UTC 2005
John Kebbel wrote:
> I assume OP stands for Original Poster (correct me if I'm wrong).
You have struck the nail upon the head with perfect orthogonality.
> Anyway, I'm the Original Poster of "rmdir when directory is not empty"
> I've gotten an incredible education from asking this question ...
Well, that's a Good Thing(tm).
> rmdir. The RTFM advice wouldn't have helped if I was reading the Wrong
> 3. RTFM advocates may have forgotten what it's like to be a newbie or a
> newbie to some areas. I read man pages a lot, but a lot of what I read
> makes no sense to me. That's why I go to discussion boards.
That's also a Good Thing(tm).
> showed me I should stick to a more general description of my problem
> (How do I delete non-empty directories?)
Being myself a great RTFM advocate, as well as a "learn how to use
the tools" advocate, here's how I would have done the search you needed.
$ apropos remove
[great honkin' long list too difficult to see, even with less]
$ apropos remove | grep file
attr_remove (3) - remove a user attribute of a filesystem object
attr_removef [attr_remove] (3) - remove a user attribute of a
filesystem objectcolrm (1) - remove columns from a file
cut (1) - remove sections from each line of files
flock (2) - apply or remove an advisory lock on an open file
lockf (3) - apply, test or remove a POSIX lock on an
metaflac (1) - program to list, add, remove, or edit
metadata in one or more FLAC files
remove (3) - delete a name and possibly the file it refers to
rm (1) - remove files or directories
scrollkeeper-update (8) - identify new, modified, or removed OMF files
and update the scrollkeeper databases
tmpwatch (8) - removes files which haven't been accessed
for a period of time
uniq (1) - remove duplicate lines from a sorted file
unlink (1) - call the unlink function to remove the
Hmm, look! There's an entry for "rm" which says "remove files or
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