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In bash all I know is that

rmdir directoryname

will remove the directory but only if it's empty. Is there a way to force remove subdirectories?

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The following command will do it for you. Use caution though.

rm -rf directoryname
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"-f" is "--force" which overrides some sanity checks and prompting. A safer command to start with would be rm -r directoryname. –  Jim Paris Aug 17 '12 at 3:35
    
For some reason I get a rm: invalid option -- r error when trying to delete a directory with rm -r <directoryname>. –  Sunspawn May 26 at 15:58

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