Re: `rmdir .` doesn't work in 2.4

Matthias Andree (
Wed, 10 Jan 2001 23:25:04 +0100

On Mon, 08 Jan 2001, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 08, 2001 at 09:56:18PM +0100, wrote:
> Hardlinks have nothing to do with `rmdir .`. See rmdir . as the equivalent
> pointed out by Alexander: "rmdir `pwd`". `pwd` returns the same thing

You can't delete immutable directories such as . and .. Plus, don't ever
dare to think of interpreting rmdir arguments. Just do what is written.
rmdir . makes no sense. If someone wants rmdir `pwd` he's free to write
just that. Of course, it's ugly because getcwd and the like are kludges,
but you should only delete things you know anyhow.

Matthias Andree
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