Can't remove or change a directory

Chris G cl at
Fri Nov 16 09:20:51 UTC 2007

On Fri, Nov 16, 2007 at 12:28:07AM -0500, Tony Nelson wrote:
> At 1:22 PM -0600 11/15/07, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
>  ...
> >...Did you know that
> >to remove a directory, you should use rmdir, and not rm? There is
> >also "rm -d <directory>", but that is limited to root, and should be
> >used with care.
> What is the benefit of using rmdir rather than rm -rf, other than having to
> empty the directory first?  (I use two steps, ll dir followed by editing
> the command to be rm -rf.)
rmdir will only remove empty directories, thus if you are expecting
the directory to be empty when you remove it it's an insurance against
removing files by mistake.

I'm alway *very* careful and think hard before hitting return when I
use 'rm -rf' it's so unforgiving!

Chris Green

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