removing directories

Martin Skøtt mskott at
Thu Dec 28 01:56:33 CET 2000

<abouf066 at> writes:

> Greetings,
> 	Is there a way to force removal of directories even if they
> contain files and/or directories. I just tried 
> os.rmdir( path ) and removedirs ( path)
> both functions complain about existence of files !?

I just tested shutil.rmtree on my Linux box with Python 1.5.1 and it
deletes a directory with files and subdirectories without
complaining. I didn't put in any other options than the path.
It is my experience that shutil is a lot easier to use than os, but
also more lethal (easier to make mistakes and do to much).
Med venlig hilsen
Martin Skøtt
mskott at

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