What is the windows equivalent of
rm -r [directory-name]?
deltree if I remember my DOS
It seems it's been updated... this is what you want:
This removes the directory
C:\test, with prompts :
rmdir c:\test /s
This does the same, without prompts :
rmdir c:\test /s /q
Regarding the sudo part of your question, if you need more priviliges, you can first open a new shell as another user account using the
runas command, like this:
runas /user:Administrator cmd rmdir c:\test /s /q
If you want to delete a long and complicated folder structure from the command prompt that RmDir won't touch and not even explorer can display, I've found robocopy can be very efficient at removing the structure. In the example below we have a massive structure inside the folder administrator, the structure is so deep that nothing can remove it. We create a new empty folder called (strangely enough!) "new folder". We then use the robocopy command, telling it the source folder is "new folder" and the destination folder is "D:\Administrator" with the /MIR parameter which means it will purge anything not in the source folder.
robocopy "D:\new folder" D:\Administrator /MIR
In this case the folder paths were so long they would not even fit in the command prompt window Screen Buffer, but Robocopy will traverse the structure and remove any "extra" files and folders (ie anything not in the new empty folder, which is everything).
If you have a really really long path, (like I did because of java program error), even robocopy cant do it. It descended for about 30sec into my path and then hung.
My solution: if you can move the whole problem path from one folder to another then you can cut away recursivly and repeatedly some directory stairs from the top.
This Batch plays pingpong between the two directories leer and leer2 and cuts away 8 'libraries' each time. If your path contains files, you have to add further commands to erase them.
recurdel.cmd :loop move c:\leer\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries c:\leer2 rd /S /Q c:\leer\libraries move c:\leer2\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries\libraries c:\leer rd /S /Q c:\leer2\libraries GOTO loop