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                                 RMDIR (RD)
 
Deletes (removes) a directory.
 
Before you can delete a directory, you must delete its files and
subdirectories. The directory must be empty except for the "." and ".."
symbols.
 
Syntax
 
    RMDIR [drive:]path
 
    RD [drive:]path
 
Parameter
 
[drive:]path
    Specifies the location and name of the directory you want to delete.
 
Related Commands
 
For information about creating a directory, see the <MKDIR> command.
 
For information about hidden files, see the <ATTRIB> command and the <DIR>
command (the /A switch).
 
For information about deleting files, see the <DEL> command.
 
For information about deleting a directory, its files, and all
subdirectories and files subordinate to it, see the <DELTREE> command.
 
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                                RMDIR--Notes
 
Cannot delete directory with hidden or system files
 
You cannot delete a directory that contains files, including hidden or
system files. If you attempt to do so, MS-DOS displays the following
message:
 
    Invalid path, not directory,
    or directory not empty
 
Use the <DIR> command to list hidden and system files and the <ATTRIB>
command to remove hidden and system attributes from files. For more
information, see those commands.
 
Using the backslash character with the path parameter
 
If you insert a backslash (\) before the first directory name in path,
MS-DOS treats the directory as a subdirectory of the root
directory--regardless of your current directory. If you do not insert a
backslash before the first directory name in path, MS-DOS treats the
directory as a subdirectory of the current directory.
 
Deleting the current directory
 
You cannot use RMDIR to delete the current directory. You must first change
to a different directory (not a subdirectory of the current directory) and
then use RMDIR with a path. If you attempt to delete the current directory,
MS-DOS displays a message in the following format:
 
    Attempt to remove current directory - drive:path
 
MS-DOS also displays this message if you attempt to delete a directory that
has been redirected by using the SUBST command.
 
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                               RMDIR--Example
 
To delete a directory named \USER\SMITH, first ensure that the directory is
empty, as in the following example:
 
    dir \user\smith /a
 
MS-DOS should display only the "." and ".." symbols.
 
Then, from any directory except \USER\SMITH, type the following command:
 
    rmdir \user\smith
 
You can type the following command with the same result:
 
    rd \user\smith
 
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