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On 02/03/2011 04:22 PM, Tom Tijerina wrote:
> I have a friend I'm trying to get into learning Linux, not wanting to
> hand feed him every command I've instructed him to use man when he get
> stuck or needs help on how to use a command.
> He ran man rm and it says at the top its for removing files OR
> directories. That is not correct as it does not give you any information
> for removing directories. I assumed it may be an option of some sort but
> I have not found it in the man page. Is this an oversight?
Thanks for the report, however, the sentence is correct as-is.
$ mkdir dir
$ rm -r dir
successfully removes the directory dir.
The -r option already has this text:
-r, -R, --recursive remove directories and their contents recursively
About the only thing that might be worth doing is rewording from one
accurate sentence to another, but I don't know of anything better than
this, and prefer the terseness of the original sentence (man pages are
generated from the --help output, and --help should be a complete
overview while still being concise):
rm - remove files or directory hierarchies
Eric Blake address@hidden +1-801-349-2682
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