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Re: rmdir -p

On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 09:49:29PM -0400, D'Arcy J.M. Cain wrote:
> Is the following the correct behaviour?
> $ mkdir /tmp/rmdirtest
> $ mkdir /tmp/rmdirtest/x
> $ mkdir /tmp/rmdirtest/x/y
> $ touch /tmp/rmdirtest/z 
> $ rmdir -p /tmp/rmdirtest
> rmdir: /tmp/rmdirtest: Directory not empty

Yes, rmdir -p will try to go *up*, not down in the directory tree.  In your
example, "rmdir -p /tmp/rmdirtest/x/y" will remove /tmp/rmdirtest/x/y and
/tmp/rmdirtest/x but not /tmp/rmdirtest because the latter is not empty.


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