FAQ 5.41 How do I delete a directory tree?

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5.41: How do I delete a directory tree?

    (contributed by brian d foy)

    If you have an empty directory, you can use Perl's built-in "rmdir". If
    the directory is not empty (so, no files or subdirectories), you either
    have to empty it yourself (a lot of work) or use a module to help you.

    The "File::Path" module, which comes with Perl, has a "rmtree" which can
    take care of all of the hard work for you:

            use File::Path qw(rmtree);

            rmtree( \@directories, 0, 0 );

    The first argument to "rmtree" is either a string representing a
    directory path or an array reference. The second argument controls
    progress messages, and the third argument controls the handling of files
    you don't have permissions to delete. See the "File::Path" module for
    the details.


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Re: FAQ 5.41 How do I delete a directory tree?

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I can't really figure out what "(so, no files or subdirectories)" means
here. It seems contradictory to me.

Jim Gibson

Re: FAQ 5.41 How do I delete a directory tree?

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It's contradictory because it's a mistake. I've fixed it. Thanks,

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