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rmdir(1)							     rmdir(1)



NAME

  rmdir	- Removes a directory

SYNOPSIS

  rmdir	[-p] directory...

STANDARDS

  Interfaces documented	on this	reference page conform to industry standards
  as follows:

  rmdir:  XCU5.0

  Refer	to the standards(5) reference page for more information	about indus-
  try standards	and associated tags.

OPTIONS

  -p  Removes all directories in a path	name.  For each	directory argument,
      the directory entry it names is removed.

      If the directory argument	includes more than one path name component,
      effects equivalent to the	following command occur:
	   rmdir -p $(dirname directory)

      That is, rmdir recursively removes each directory	in the path name.

OPERANDS

  directory
      The path name of an empty	directory to be	removed.

DESCRIPTION

  The rmdir command removes a directory	from the system.  The directory	must
  be empty before you can remove it, and you must have write permission	in
  its parent directory.	 Use the ls -al	command	to see if a directory is
  empty.

  If a directory and a subdirectory of that directory are specified in a sin-
  gle invocation of rmdir, the subdirectory must be specified before the
  parent directory so that the parent directory	will be	empty when rmdir
  tries	to remove it.









RESTRICTIONS

   1.  A directory must	be empty before	you can	remove it, and you must	have
       write permission	in its parent directory.

   2.  If the -p option	is used, all directories in the	path must be empty
       except for the directory	being recursively removed.

EXIT STATUS

  The following	exit values are	returned:

  0   Each directory specified by directory operand was	successfully removed.

  >>0  An error occurred.

EXAMPLES

   1.  To empty	and remove a directory,	enter:
	    rm mydir/* mydir/.*
	    rmdir mydir

       This removes the	contents of mydir, then	removes	the empty directory.
       The rm command displays an error	message	about trying to	remove the
       directories . (dot) and .. (dot dot), and then rmdir removes them.

       Note that rm mydir/* mydir/.* first removes files with names that do
       not begin with a	. (dot), then those with names that do begin with a .
       (dot).  You may not realize that	the directory contains file names
       that begin with a . (dot) because the ls	command	does not normally
       list them unless	you use	the -a option to see the files whose names
       begin with a . (dot).

   2.  To remove all of	the directories	in the path name a/b/c,	enter:
	    rmdir -p a/b/c

       Use a command like this one if directory	a in the current directory is
       empty except that it contains a directory b and a/b is empty except
       that it contains	a directory c.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES

  The following	environment variables affect the execution of rmdir:

  LANG
      Provides a default value for the internationalization variables that
      are unset	or null. If LANG is unset or null, the corresponding value
      from the default locale is used. If any of the internationalization
      variables	contain	an invalid setting, the	utility	behaves	as if none of
      the variables had	been defined.

  LC_ALL
      If set to	a non-empty string value, overrides the	values of all the
      other internationalization variables.

  LC_CTYPE
      Determines the locale for	the interpretation of sequences	of bytes of
      text data	as characters (for example, single-byte	as opposed to multi-
      byte characters in arguments).

  LC_MESSAGES
      Determines the locale for	the format and contents	of diagnostic mes-
      sages written to standard	error.

  NLSPATH
      Determines the location of message catalogues for	the processing of
      LC_MESSAGES.





SEE ALSO

  Commands:  mkdir(1), ls(1), rm(1)

  Functions:  rmdir(2),	unlink(2), remove(3)

  Standards:  standards(5)