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Linux Tutorial Series – 40 – The rmdir command

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The rmdir command is used to remove empty directories. (Barrett, 2016) Its usage is as follows:

rmdir emptyDir1

or (for deleting multiple empty directories):

rmdir emptyDir1 emptyDir2 …

Note that rmdir only removes empty directories. To remove directories that contain files, use rm -r, but please do remember to use it with extreme caution!

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Barrett, D. J. (2016). Linux pocket guide (3rd ed.). O’Reilly Media. Page 55