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12.7 rmdir: Remove empty directories

rmdir removes empty directories. Synopsis:

 
rmdir [option]… directory

If any directory argument does not refer to an existing empty directory, it is an error.

The program accepts the following options. Also see Common options.

--ignore-fail-on-non-empty

Ignore each failure to remove a directory that is solely because the directory is non-empty.

-p
--parents

Remove directory, then try to remove each component of directory. So, for example, ‘rmdir -p a/b/c’ is similar to ‘rmdir a/b/c a/b a’. As such, it fails if any of those directories turns out not to be empty. Use the ‘--ignore-fail-on-non-empty’ option to make it so such a failure does not evoke a diagnostic and does not cause rmdir to exit unsuccessfully.

-v
--verbose

Give a diagnostic for each successful removal. directory is removed.

See section rm: Remove files or directories, for how to remove non-empty directories (recursively).

An exit status of zero indicates success, and a nonzero value indicates failure.


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