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I am getting an 'access is denied' error when I attempt to delete a folder that is not empty. I used the following command in my attempt: 

os.remove("/folder_name")

What is the most effective way of removing/deleting a folder/directory that is not empty?

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For removing/deleting any folder that is not empty with Python we have a standard library which is known as shutil. This library provides the function shutil.rmtree() which removes/deletes the non-empty folder.

shuti.rmtree():-

This function deletes an entire directory tree; the path that must point to a directory (but not a symbolic link to a directory) such kind of errors are handled by calling a handler specified by raising an exception.

The following code illustrates the use of the shutil library and shutil.rmtree() function:-

import shutil

shutil.rmtree('/folder_name')

For more information, kindly refer to our Python course. 

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