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How to Remove a Directory in Linux

To permanently remove a directory in Linux, use either the rmdir or rm command. The rmdir or rm -d command is for removing empty directories, while the rm -r command deletes non-empty directories.

Before removing a directory, you must know its name. To discover files and directories, use the ls command. To know the current working directory, use the pwd command.

The options you use with these commands also determine how they work. Here’s a quick recap of rm command options:

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