OpenWindows Advanced User's Guide

3.3.9 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 will not remove the directory.

Use rm -r (adding the recursive option -r to the rm command) to remove a directory and all its contents, including any subdirectories and their files, as follows:

$ rm -r veggies3

Caution - Caution -

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