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Why rm dirname doesn't work ? It says it's a directory, well that I know :) but I want to delete it not even recursively as it is empty.

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The answer below is correct, but there's also no harm in doing rm -rf on an empty directory; it's identical to rmdir. Most of the time, if I don't care about what's in a directory, I'll use rm -rf rather than worry about whether or not it might be empty. –  Jim Stewart Dec 20 '12 at 17:38

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Because you need to use rmdir?

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that one works this time, thanks :) –  asksuperuser Nov 1 '09 at 22:13
rm -d my_directory

from 'man rm':

-d Attempt to remove directories as well as other types of files.

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I tried with -d it still says the same message –  asksuperuser Nov 1 '09 at 22:13

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