How to Remove/Delete a files and directory in linux
“rm” command is frequently used one but very dangerous. If you use wrongly rm, this will Remove/Delete everything and you can’t stop it. so keep in mind while using rm command.
Syntax for rm command
rm [option] [file-name or directory-name]
-f >> ignore non existent files, never prompt
-i >> interactive, prompt before any removal
-r -R >>recursive, remove directories and their contents recursively
-v >> verbose, explain what is being done
To delete empty folder use the below command.
rmdir [option] [empty-directory-name]
Now, i’m going to delete a “test” directory in my server. use below command.
# rmdir test
If a directory is not empty you will be get an below error
# rmdir test rmdir: failed to remove `test': Directory not empty
To delete a file in linux, use below command
# rm -i index.php
To delete a directory/folder in linux, use below command. If you are beginner use this format because this will popup all the files/folders will be removed.
# rm -Ri test rm: descend into directory `test'? yes rm: remove regular file `test/index.php'? yes rm: remove directory `test'? yes
To delete a directory/folder in linux, use below command, If you expert use this format
# rm -Rf test
Note : If you wrongly deleted the files using “rm” command, there is no way to recover a file, so make sure whether the files/folder not use before deleting it.