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5.42: 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 "remove_tree"
which can take care of all of the hard work for you:

use File::Path qw(remove_tree);

remove_tree( @directories );

The "File::Path" module also has a legacy interface to the older
"rmtree" subroutine.


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