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bug#9931: Remove a non empty directory

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#9931: Remove a non empty directory
Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 10:15:55 -0600
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tag 9931 notabug

On 11/01/2011 04:55 AM, Olivier LE GUEN wrote:
  My problem is I can't remove a non empty directory because there's no "-r" option in 
  How can I have a recursive function ?

Thanks for the report. However, this is unlikely to be changed in 'rmdir', because POSIX already standardized 'rm -r' as the way to recursively remove directories. So many people are used to 'rm -r' doing what you are asking for, that adding an extension of 'rmdir -r' as an alternative would only cause confusion, not to mention that the extension would not be available everywhere like 'rm -r' already is.

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