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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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