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Linux in a Nutshell

This directory of Linux commands is from Linux in a Nutshell, 5th Edition.

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rmdir [options] directories

Delete the named directories (not the contents). directories are deleted from the parent directory and must be empty (if not, rm -r can be used instead). See also mkdir.



Print a help message and then exit.


Ignore failure to remove directories that are not empty.

-p, --parents

Remove directories and any intervening parent directories that become empty as a result. Useful for removing subdirectory trees.


Verbose mode; print message for each directory as it is processed.


Print version information and then exit.

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