Remove current directory

removedir () { echo "Deleting the current directory $PWD Are you sure?"; read human; if [[ "$human" = "yes" ]]; then blah=$(echo "$PWD" | sed 's/ /\\ /g'); foo=$(basename "$blah"); rm -Rf ../$foo/ && cd ..; else echo "I'm watching you" | pv -qL 10; fi; }
CHANGELOG Version 1.1 removedir () { echo "You are about to delete the current directory $PWD Are you sure?"; read human; if [[ "$human" = "yes" ]]; then blah=$(echo "$PWD" | sed 's/ /\\ /g'); foo=$(basename "$blah"); rm -Rf ../$foo/ && cd ..; else echo "I'm watching you" | pv -qL 10; fi; } BUG FIX: Folders with spaces Version 1.0 removedir () { echo "You are about to delete the current directory $PWD Are you sure?"; read human; if [[ "$human" = "yes" ]]; then blah=`basename $PWD`; rm -Rf ../$blah/ && cd ..; else echo "I'm watching you" | pv -qL 10; fi; } BUG FIX: Hidden directories (.dotdirectory) Version 0.9 rmdir () { echo "You are about to delete the current directory $PWD. Are you sure?"; read human; if [[ "$human" = "yes" ]]; then blah=`basename $PWD`; rm -Rf ../$blah/ && cd ..; else echo "I'm watching you" | pv -qL 10; fi; } Removes current directory with recursive and force flags plus basic human check. When prompted type yes 1. [user@host ~]$ ls foo bar 2. [user@host ~]$ cd foo 3. [user@host foo]$ removedir 4. yes 5. rm -Rf foo/ 6. [user@host ~]$ 7. [user@host ~]$ ls bar
Sample Output
#### Use example ####
[user@host Downloads]$ wtzc http://raoulito.info/plugins/pidgin_screenshot/pidgin-sendscreenshot-0.6-3.tar.gz
[user@host pidgin-sendscreenshot-0.6-3]$ ls
aclocal.m4    config.h.in   INSTALL              m4           README
AUTHORS       config.sub    install-sh           Makefile.am  src
build-aux     configure     intltool-extract.in  Makefile.in  VERSION
ChangeLog     configure.ac  intltool-merge.in    missing
config        COPYING       intltool-update.in   NEWS
config.guess  depcomp       ltmain.sh            po
[user@host pidgin-sendscreenshot-0.6-3]$ removedir
You are about to delete the current directory /home/user/Downloads/pidgin-sendscreenshot-0.6-3/ Are you sure?
yes
[user@host Downloads]$

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By: oshazard
2010-01-17 11:34:38

What Others Think

If you're doing something like this: "rm -Rf ../$blah/", you have to make sure that $blah is set, or at least give it a default value like ${blah:-DEFAULTVALUE} and quote it. You need to quote $PWD also. Imagine that $PWD is unset or has a space in it in this scenario. "basename $PWD" fails and $blah remains unset. The next command becomes "rm -Rf ..//", which could be disasterous if you're one level up from the root directory.
eightmillion · 671 weeks and 4 days ago
Thank you eightmillion. Can you find any problems with this revision? removedir () { echo "You are about to delete the current directory $PWD Are you sure?"; read human; if [[ "$human" = "yes" ]]; then blah=$(echo "$PWD" | sed 's/ /\\ /g'); foo=$(basename "$blah"); rm -Rf ../$foo/ && cd ..; else echo "I'm watching you" | pv -qL 10; fi; }
oshazard · 671 weeks and 3 days ago
That is a bit better, although you don't need to mess with the sed business and you still need to quote your variable when you call "rm -Rf" or you could end up deleting multiple unintended directories. This is pretty workable: removedir(){ read -p "You are about to delete the current directory $PWD Are you sure? " human;if [ "$human" = "yes" ]; then foo=$(basename "$PWD");[ -z "$foo" ] && { echo "Error: Couldn't get working directory" >&2;return 1;}; rm -Rf ../"$foo"/ && cd ..; else echo "I'm watching you" | pv -qL 10; fi; } Notice the "[ -z $foo ]" part. That checks if the variable $foo is null. If it is null, then the function echoes an error message to stderr and returns a non-zero exit status. Otherwise, it continues. Also notice "read -p". You can specify a prompt for the read command. On a side note, a neat way to get the basename of the current working directory in Bash is to use "${PWD##*/}".
eightmillion · 671 weeks and 3 days ago
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