I am a beginner with Linux / Ubuntu, and I'm trying to remove / delete a file.

The specific is a wallet I created in Electrum to import a paper wallet; I can see the wallet in the file list but can't delete it.

I do understand that one uses the rm command in the Terminal, but I am not sure how to word the actual command. The file I'm trying to delete is home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/import key, but but if I type that into the Terminal it is rejected - i.e.

rm home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/importkey

is rejected.

  • Try rm -rf home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/import key – Alex Lowe Jan 4 '16 at 13:05
  • Try rm -rf home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/import\ key – Philippe Gachoud Jan 4 '16 at 13:10
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    Both of you are missing the / before home. – Rinzwind Jan 4 '16 at 13:11

Mind the space! That tells "rm" there will be a 2nd file after the 1st one.

And since it is 1 file you need to take care of the space. What will work:

rm /home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/"import key"


rm /home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/import\ key

by "escaping" the space or

rm /home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/import{tab}

(keep hitting tab til it shows the file name).

/home/duncan can be abbreviated by ~ (ie. rm ~/.electrum/wallets/"import key")

The file name was Import_keys. So the shorthand version for Duncan:

rm ~/.electrum/wallets/Import_keys

No need for "'s. The capital I probably was the culprit.

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  • Thank you very much - I do appreciate your kind help and the time you have given up to help. MUCH appreciated! Duncan (Scotland) – Duncan Jan 4 '16 at 13:17
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    @Duncan As you're new to the site, if you are happy with this answer then please accept it by clicking the grey tick to the left of it. – Carl H Jan 4 '16 at 13:26
  • Thanks - did not know about that Carl - will do after this. After replying to you I found that I can't get it to work - get this message: – Duncan Jan 4 '16 at 13:28
  • ..... get this message: "rm: cannot remove ‘home/duncan/.electrum/wallets/import_keys/import_keys’: No such file or directory". Can you suggest what I am doing wrong? – Duncan Jan 4 '16 at 13:29
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    @Duncan - You would be well served to go through a few bash tutorials or search up Ubuntu Terminal tutorials on youtube. It won't take long for you to get comfortable at the terminal. Good luck and have fun! – joel Jan 4 '16 at 19:22

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