I was recently asked what is the difference between
rm -rf and I thought that it would be nice to share the answer with here as well.
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If you only run
rmit would only delete the named files and not directories. A rundown of the
--recursive- is used to recursively delete the content of a directory, including hidden files and subdirectories.
--force- Attempt to remove the files without prompting for confirmation, regardless of the file’s permissions.
Here’s an example of what would happen if you only run
rmand try to delete a directory:
The output that you would get is:
So to delete a folder you would just need to add the
-fargument, sometimes when deleting a file you would be asked for permissions, it would look something like this:
It is fine for a single file and it would prevent you from accidentally deleting a file, but if you are deleting hundreds of files, having to type yes for every single one could take ages. So to force the process just use the
Hope that this helps! Regards, Bobby