When attempting to remove a directory in the command line on a Linux box you may receive an error “directory not empty” when trying to run
The solution to this is to run
rm -rf thedirectorytodelete
This will force the directory and all the contents there in to be erased.
You will be asked if you wish to proceed
If you want to be asked for each file, then you would do
rm -r thedirectorytodelete
remember always to use caution when using rm -rf as
rm -rf /
Would be disastrous.