Microsoft DOS rd and rmdir command
About rd and rmdir
Removes an empty directory in MS-DOS. To delete directories with files or directories within them the user must use the deltree command, or if you are running Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows XP use the /S option.
The rd and rmdir commands are internal commands and are available in the below Microsoft operating systems.
Rd and rmdir syntax
Windows XP and later syntax
RMDIR [/S] [/Q] [drive:]path
RD [/S] [/Q] [drive:]path
|/S||Removes all directories and files in the specified directory in addition to the directory itself. Used to remove a directory tree.|
|/Q||Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to remove a directory tree with /S.|
Windows 95, 98, and ME syntax
Removes (deletes) a directory.
Rd and rmdir examples
If a directory contains files or folders when attempting to delete the directory you will receive "The directory is not empty." error message. If you want to delete directories that are full, use the deltree command or if you're using Windows 2000 or later use the example below with the /s switch.
Remove the test directory, if empty.
rmdir c:\test /s
Windows 2000, Windows XP and later versions of Windows can use this option with a prompt to permanently delete the test directory and all subdirectories and files. Adding the /q switch would suppress the prompt.