How to delete a Directory on Linux

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To delete a directory in Linux, you can use the rmdir or rm command. You use the rmdir command to remove an empty directory, while the rm command removes a directory and all its contents.

Using the rm command

Here are the steps to delete a directory in Linux using the rm command:

  1. Open the terminal: To delete a directory in Linux, you need to use the command line. Open the terminal by pressing “Ctrl+Alt+T” on your keyboard or by searching for “terminal” in your system’s application launcher.
  2. Navigate to the directory you want to delete: Use the cd command to navigate to the directory you want to delete. For example, if the directory you want to delete is called my_directory and is located in your home folder, type cd ~/my_directory and press “Enter”.
  3. Check the contents of the directory: Before deleting the directory, it is a good idea to check its contents to make sure you are deleting the right directory. Use the ls command to list the contents of the directory. For example, type ls and press “Enter” to see the files and folders inside the my_directory folder.
  4. Delete the directory and its contents: To delete the directory and all its contents, use the rm command with the -r option, which stands for recursive. Type rm -r my_directory and press “Enter”. You will be prompted to confirm the deletion. Type y and press “Enter” to confirm.
  5. Verify that the directory has been deleted: To verify that the directory has been deleted, use the ls command to list the contents of the parent directory. For example, if the my_directory folder was located in your home folder, type ls ~/ and press “Enter”. The my_directory folder should no longer be listed.

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