Exercise 7: Remove Directory (rmdir)
In this exercise you learn how to remove an empty directory.
If you try to do rmdir on Mac OSX and it refuses to remove the directory even though you are positive it's empty, then there is actually a file in there called .DS_Store. In that case, type rm -rf <dir> instead (replace <dir> with the directory name).
> cd temp > ls Directory: C:\Users\zed\temp Mode LastWriteTime Length Name ---- ------------- ------ ---- d---- 12/17/2011 9:03 AM stuff > cd stuff/things/orange/apple/pear/grape/ > cd .. > rmdir grape > cd .. > rmdir pear > cd .. > rmdir apple > cd .. > rmdir orange > cd .. > ls Directory: C:\Users\zed\temp\stuff Mode LastWriteTime Length Name ---- ------------- ------ ---- d---- 12/17/2011 9:14 AM things > rmdir things > cd .. > ls Directory: C:\Users\zed\temp Mode LastWriteTime Length Name ---- ------------- ------ ---- d---- 12/17/2011 9:14 AM stuff > rmdir stuff > pwd Path ---- C:\Users\zed\temp > cd .. >
You Learned This
I'm now mixing up the commands so make sure you type them exactly and pay attention. Every time you make a mistake, it's because you aren't paying attention. If you find yourself making many mistakes, then take a break or just quit for the day. You've always got tomorrow to try again.
In this example you'll learn how to remove a directory. It's easy. You just go to the directory right above it, then type rmdir <dir>, replacing <dir> with the name of the directory to remove.
- Make 20 more directories and remove them all.
- Make a single path of directories that is 10 deep and remove them one at a time just like I did above.
- If you try to remove a directory with contents you will get an error. I'll show you how to remove these in later exercises.