I am using Centos as my server OS and in my desktop I have a directory called "john", I need delete it via a command. How can I do this?


You can use

rm -f -r john

It will recursively delete john directory even if it contains files or subdirectories.

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    You can have -f and -r together. Like this : rm -rf. – Hunter.S.Thompson Nov 21 '17 at 15:27

If the directory is empty then you can just do rmdir john.

Or you can force it with rm -r john.

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rm -r ${XDG_DESKTOP_DIR:-$HOME/Desktop}/john

XDG_DESKTOP_DIR is an environment variable that contains the path to the desktop directory. If it's not set, we fall back to $HOME/Desktop.

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  • my account is [root@localhost]# if it is so how can I remove My desktop directory. I am little bit confused with this ${XDG_DESKTOP_DIR:- – John Nov 21 '17 at 15:28
  • @John why on earth are you logging in as root for normal operations? – roaima Nov 21 '17 at 15:54
  • ok tell me delete desktop directory logging as normal user – John Nov 21 '17 at 16:13

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