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I have a problem with my infrastructure here.

I am in a closed DMZ and have to access a FTP-Server in another DMZ from a headless Suse Linux 10.1.

So i think i only got the ftp command.. But i have to delete a directory with about 100 subdirectorys and endless files in it..

When I type

del directory

it returns "Its not empty" and so i have to delete each sub directory and file manually.

Oh please tell me a way how i can do this automatically :)

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up vote 14 down vote accepted

Use lftp. The the -r option to lftp rm recursively deletes directories and files.

$ lftp -u <user>,<pass> <server> 
lftp> rm -r <directory>

should do the trick.

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I installed lftp and now it works :) – Fake4d Jan 12 '11 at 9:35
This works, and I'm not aware of a better option, but be advised that this is slow as it deletes each file one by one! My plan was to delete a directory and its contents on a live webserver, and then replace them, but this method is slow enough to render it ineffective for my situation. – Tyler Collier Oct 14 '13 at 21:39
@TylerCollier there is: point the virtual host of the webserver to a symlink instead of the real directory (e.g. /var/www -> www-20141001). Then you mirror your new data into its own directory (e.g. www-20141229) and just change the symlink (cd /var/www && ln -s www-20141229 www). You get instant change of the data and the possibility to rollback your solution, should something go wrong (TDD works great with this!). – Lars Dec 29 '14 at 10:13
Wow, great idea Lars, thanks! – Tyler Collier Dec 30 '14 at 18:28
WOW!!! Life saver! – felipsmartins Sep 14 '15 at 19:59

The lftp command, which is available in many distros (though I'm no SUSE expert), supports "rm -r" for exactly that purpose.

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Thanks! I installed it! – Fake4d Jan 12 '11 at 9:36

rm -rf?

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No this doesnt work in FTP! – Fake4d Jan 12 '11 at 7:52

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