FAQ: Manipulation - rm

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Where can I find a complete list of Bash/Shell commands and their parameters?

What happens in the “ls” if I don’t use "-r"

The following code deletes a folder named slapstick and its child directories
The “ls” will contain all of slapstick child folder?

rm -r slapstick

I wondered the same so I made a new folder “test” with makedir and put another folder in there containing a text file. Then I used “rm” without “-r” on “test” and it didn’t work, it gave me an error message: “cannot remove ‘test’: Is a directory”

TL;DR: using “rm” without the “-r” doesn’t work for folders, apparently

If you only want to delete empty directories rmdir is a useful to command to know as it will not delete directories with files inside.

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