Here's how to make a symlink and to delete it:
mkdir dir ln -s dir dirlink rm -r dirlink
Here's another way to delete it:
rm -r dirlink/
Although it will do the job, it will actually complain with:
rm: cannot remove `dirlink': Not a directory
Note that we could have achieved the deletion with just:
This is because the symlink is just a single file. So there's no need to treat it like a directory when deleting.
Sadly, this behaviour is inconsistent when there is a mounted voulem. The first way of deletion has no problem, but the second one will wipe out the entire drive, if it so happens that dir is the mount directory (i.e. ln -s /media/my_drive dirlink && rm -r dirlink/). I learned this the hard way :(
[sidenote] Here's some explanation.