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rmdir – remove directories



rmdir [-pv] directory ...


The rmdir utility removes the directory entry specified by each directory argument, provided it is empty.

Arguments are processed in the order given. In order to remove both a parent directory and a subdirectory of that parent, the subdirectory must be specified first so the parent directory is empty when rmdir tries to remove it.

The following option is available:
  Each directory argument is treated as a pathname of which all components will be removed, if they are empty, starting with the last most component. (See rm(1) for fully non-discriminant recursive removal.)
  Be verbose, listing each directory as it is removed.


The rmdir utility exits with one of the following values:
0 Each directory entry specified by a directory operand referred to an empty directory and was removed successfully.
>0 An error occurred.


Remove the directory foobar, if it is empty:

    $ rmdir foobar

Remove all directories up to and including cow, stopping at the first non-empty directory (if any):

    $ rmdir -p cow/horse/monkey




The rmdir utility is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 ("POSIX.2") compatible.


A rmdir command appeared in AT&T v1 .

RMDIR (1) March 15, 2013

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