How to delete a directory in the Linux terminal?

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    Learning how to delete a directory in the Linux terminal makes it easy to manage directories.

    To delete an empty directory, you need to use the rm -d command followed by the name of the directory that you want to delete.

    rm -d directory

    To delete a directory containing subdirectories and files, use the rm -r command followed by the name of the directory you want to delete.

    rm -r directory

    And to delete multiple directories containing subdirectories and files, use the rm -r command followed by directory names separated by a space.

    rm -r directory1 directory2 directory3

    Note: Please be careful when deleting files or directories, because once deleted, it is not easy to recover them.

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    If a subdirectory or a file within the main directory is write-protected, you will be prompted to confirm the deletion.

    To force delete a directory containing subdirectories and files without being prompted, you need to use the rm -rf command followed by the directory name.

    rm -rf directory
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