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rm command in Linux - Explained with examples

This article covers how to use the rm command in Linux. In fact, the rm command is used for removing/deleting files and directories.


How to remove directories using rm command?

If you are trying to remove a directory, then you need to use the -r command line option. Otherwise, rm will throw an error saying what you are trying to delete is a directory:

$ rm -r [dir name]

For example:

$ rm -r testdir


How to make rm prompt before every removal ?

If you want rm to prompt before each delete action it performs, then use the -i command line option: 

$ rm -i [file or dir]

For example, suppose you want to delete a directory 'testdir' and all its contents, but want rm to prompt before every deletion, then here's how you can do that:

$ rm -r -i testdir