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rmdir recursively in node.js
var fs = require("fs");
var path = require("path");
var rmdir = function(dir) {
var list = fs.readdirSync(dir);
for(var i = 0; i < list.length; i++) {
var filename = path.join(dir, list[i]);
var stat = fs.statSync(filename);
if(filename == "." || filename == "..") {
// pass these files
} else if(stat.isDirectory()) {
// rmdir recursively
} else {
// rm fiilename
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metal3d commented Apr 11, 2013

@silentroach this is made to not be synchroneous. Sometimes (as for my use case) this is pretty nice to work synchroneously

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You can safely remove the check for "." and ".." see documentation for nodejs

"Synchronous readdir(3). Returns an array of filenames excluding '.' and '..'."

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Not sure if this is of any interest to anybody, but I made a fork of this gist that recursively deletes only empty directories. If a directory (or any of its descendant directories) has content inside it, it is left alone:

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ajwinn commented Aug 30, 2014


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This indirectly inspired me to implement the same functionality, both synchronously and asynchronously, in LiveScript. The async one uses Promises underneath, but its global API is nodeback-based.

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Works like a charm. Thanks!

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My implementation to remove recursively but without using recursive method. Just in case of deeper directory tree.

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teratzul commented Sep 5, 2017

Works great! Thank you!!

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thanks! and thanks for the synchronous signature too! :P

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thanks, help me so much.

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