Solaris Advanced User's Guide

Removing Directories (rmdir)

To remove an empty directory, use the rmdir command as follows:

$ rmdir veggies3

If the directory still contains files or subdirectories, the rmdir command does not remove the directory.

To remove a directory and all its contents, including any subdirectories and files, use the rm command with the recursive option, -r.

$ rm -r veggies3

Caution – Caution –

Directories that are removed with the rmdir command cannot be recovered, nor can directories and their contents removed with the rm -r command.