5

I don't remember exactly how this directory got created. It's name is ~, the alternative we all use for home diretory. I also see a sticky bit attached with this directory. How shall I delete it? I fear running a normal rmdir would delete all the files from the home directory recursively. Here are the details :

mtk4@laptop:~/temp$ ls -l
total 4
drwxrwxr-t 2 mtk4 mtk4 4096 Oct 17 2011 ~

How shall I proceed?

Another question : What does the total number specify on the first line of output of ls -l ? '4' in this case. There is just 1 directory as shown(other than . and ..).

I am using ubuntu 12.04.

Also asked same question on askubuntu, as it seems to be relavant on both sites.

  • 2
    rmdir isn't capable of recursive deletion - you need rm with the -r flag for that. – Nathan Osman May 17 '12 at 18:21
6

Just quote the directory. I use rmdir just to ensure you don't accidently delete your home directory.

rmdir "~"

For your other question (better to create a extra question for it) total means the total file size of the directory (sum of the file sizes in the output). If you use -h it will show you the size in a human readable format.

ls -lh

3

You can form the directory name in such a way so that the shell doesn't expand it. mru's answer will work. So will prepending "./" to it (i.e., indicating current directory), or specify the full path, e.g., rmdir ./~.

2

Enter the tmp directory and enclose the ~ in quotes. It will not expand to your $HOME.

rm -r "~"

The "4" is the size of all files in the directory. If you perform ls -lh, it will print it in human readable format.

# ls -l                                                                               
total 1272
-rw-rw-r--. 1 me me  33222 May  8 18:02 untangle.dmp
-rw-rw-r--. 1 me me 426780 May  8 17:15 new.orig.dmp
-rw-r--r--. 1 me me 425195 May  8 15:40 repos.orig.dmp
-rw-rw-r--. 1 me me 407823 May  8 18:02 blah-untangle.dmp
# ls -lh                                                                              
total 1.3M
-rw-rw-r--. 1 me me  33K May  8 18:02 untangle.dmp
-rw-rw-r--. 1 me me 417K May  8 17:15 new.orig.dmp
-rw-r--r--. 1 me me 416K May  8 15:40 repos.orig.dmp
-rw-rw-r--. 1 me me 399K May  8 18:02 blah-untangle.dmp

Also, please don't cross post.

  • Thanks a lot. Double quotes worked. I didn't know about the cross-posting. Will be careful next time, to post only on the most relevant site. Also deleting the duplicate post of mine. Thanks :) – mtk May 17 '12 at 18:15

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