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  1. #1
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    how to delete directory inside another directory

    Hi

    I had created directory using the command mkdir -p a/{b,c,d/e/f,g}, and my questions is how can i delete the directory 'b,c,d and g' only with the single command.

    i already try this command

    rmdir -p a/{b,c,g}
    rm -f a/{b,c,g}

    with no luck

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Re: how to delete directory inside another directory

    You can remove a directory tree with
    Code:
    rm -r directory-name
    (but be careful, because it is not going to any trashcan, it is really deleted).

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    Re: how to delete directory inside another directory

    Use rm -r a/{b,c,d,g}, which will recursively remove a/d/e/f and a/d/e. If you haven't made other directories in a/, you can also use rm -r a/*

  4. #4
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    Re: how to delete directory inside another directory

    If the directories are empty, then you can use rmdir - but without the -p, because the parent won't be empty if you are not removing all of the subdirs

    Code:
    $ mkdir -p a/{b..g}
    $ ls a
    b  c  d  e  f  g
    $ 
    $ rmdir a/{b,c,g}
    $ ls a
    d  e  f
    If the subdirs are non-empty, then you will need to use rm -r as sudodus says

    Code:
    $ mkdir -p a/{b..g}
    $ touch -p a/{b..g}/afile
    $ rmdir a/{b,c,g}
    rmdir: failed to remove `a/b': Directory not empty
    rmdir: failed to remove `a/c': Directory not empty
    rmdir: failed to remove `a/g': Directory not empty
    $ 
    $ rm -r a/{b,c,g}
    $ ls a
    d  e  f

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