Posted By: Matthew Scouten
I have a symlink to an important directory. I want to get rid of that symlink, while keeping the directory behind it.
rm and get back
rm: cannot remove 'foo'.
rmdir and got back
rmdir: failed to remove 'foo': Directory not empty
I then progressed through
rm -rf and
sudo rm -rf
Then I went to find my back-ups.
Is there a way to get rid of the symlink with out throwing away the baby with the bathwater?
# this works: rm foo # versus this, which doesn't: rm foo/
Basically, you need to tell it to delete a file, not delete a directory. I believe the difference between
rmdir exists because of differences in the way the C library treats each.
At any rate, the first should work, while the second should complain about foo being a directory.
If it doesn’t work as above, then check your permissions. You need write permission to the containing directory to remove files.