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RM(1)                       General Commands Manual                      RM(1)



NAME
       rm, rmdir  - remove (unlink) files

SYNOPSIS
       rm [ -fri ] file ...

       rmdir dir ...

DESCRIPTION
       Rm  removes  the entries for one or more files from a directory.  If an
       entry was the last link to the file, the file is destroyed.  Removal of
       a file requires write permission in its directory, but neither read nor
       write permission on the file itself.

       If a file has no write permission and the standard input is a terminal,
       its permissions are printed and a line is read from the standard input.
       If that line begins with `y' the file is deleted,  otherwise  the  file
       remains.  No questions are asked when the -f (force) option is given.

       If a designated file is a directory, an error comment is printed unless
       the optional argument -r has been used.  In that case,  rm  recursively
       deletes  the entire contents of the specified directory, and the direc-
       tory itself.

       If the -i (interactive) option is in effect, rm asks whether to  delete
       each file, and, under -r, whether to examine each directory.

       Rmdir removes entries for the named directories, which must be empty.

SEE ALSO
       unlink(2)

DIAGNOSTICS
       Generally  self-explanatory.   It  is forbidden to remove the file `..'
       merely to avoid the  antisocial  consequences  of  inadvertently  doing
       something like `rm -r .*'.



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