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Re: Removing link to a directory

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: Removing link to a directory
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 17:04:38 -0700
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"Mohammad Seth" <address@hidden> writes:

> *Symptom*: Could not remove a link to a directory, got the message
>>rm current/
> rm: remove directory `current/'? y
> rm: cannot remove directory `current/': Is a directory
> current is a symbolic link to directory.

Once you specify the trailing slash, it's no longer talking about the
symbolic link: it's talking about the directory that the link points
to.  It's a bit like specifying a trailing "/.".  For example:

$ ln -s . dir
$ rm dir/
rm: cannot remove `dir/': Is a directory
$ rm dir/.
rm: cannot remove `.' directory `dir/.'
$ rm dir

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