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Development Tools Console Foundations Getting Started with the Console Moving and Deleting Files

Jordan Budisantoso
Jordan Budisantoso
154 Points

"rm -r" vs "rmdir"

When removing a directory, what's the difference between "rm -r" and "rmdir"?

2 Answers

Michael Hulet
Michael Hulet
47,869 Points

rmdir only works if the folder is empty. rm -r will remove the folder and everything inside of it

Jon Brady
Jon Brady
10,769 Points

rmdir will remove empty directories...... rm -r will remove files or directories and -R, --recursive remove directories and their contents recursively

Jon Brady
Jon Brady
10,769 Points

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Jordan Budisantoso
Jordan Budisantoso
154 Points

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