Removing an entire directory/folder (that still contains files) in Linux

Removing an entire directory/folder (that still contains files) in Linux

This one’s easy, but I’ve just been asked by someone new to Linux so here it is:

$ rm -r <path to directory>

So for example if you want to delete a folder called temporary from your home directory:

$ rm -r ~/temporary

The -r switch stands for recursive, so you’re not actually deleting the directory with the files within it, you’re deleting each file within the directory first, then removing the directory afterwards.

Simples.