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rmdir - remove empty directories


rmdir [OPTION]... DIRECTORY...


Remove the DIRECTORY(ies), if they are empty.


ignore each failure that is solely because a directory is non-empty

-p, --parents
Remove DIRECTORY and its ancestors. E.g., ‘rmdir -p a/b/c’ is similar to ‘rmdir a/b/c a/b a’.

-v, --verbose
output a diagnostic for every directory processed

--help display this help and exit

output version information and exit


Written by David MacKenzie.

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Copyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

See Also


The full documentation for rmdir is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and rmdir programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info rmdir

should give you access to the complete manual.

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