RMSection: User Commands (1)
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NAMErm - remove files or directories
SYNOPSISrm [OPTION]... FILE...
DESCRIPTIONThis manual page documents the GNU version of rm. rm removes each specified file. By default, it does not remove directories. If the -I or --interactive=once option is given, and there are more than three files or the -r, -R, or --recursive are given, then rm prompts the user for whether to proceed with the entire operation. If the response is not affirmative, the entire command is aborted. Otherwise, if a file is unwritable, standard input is a terminal, and the -f or --force option is not given, or the -i or --interactive=always option is given, rm prompts the user for whether to remove the file. If the response is not affirmative, the file is skipped.
Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).
- -f, --force
- ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
- prompt before every removal
- prompt once before removing more than three files, or when removing recursively. Less intrusive than -i, while still giving protection against most mistakes
- prompt according to WHEN: never, once (-I), or always (-i). Without WHEN, prompt always
- when removing a hierarchy recursively, skip any directory that is on a file system different from that of the corresponding command line argument
- do not treat `/' specially
- do not remove `/' (default)
- -r, -R, --recursive
- remove directories and their contents recursively
- -v, --verbose
- explain what is being done
- display this help and exit
- output version information and exit
By default, rm does not remove directories. Use the --recursive (-r or -R) option to remove each listed directory, too, along with all of its contents.
To remove a file whose name starts with a `-', for example `-foo', use one of these commands:
- rm -- -foo
- rm ./-foo
AUTHORWritten by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Meyering.
REPORTING BUGSReport bugs to <email@example.com>.
COPYRIGHTCopyright © 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.
SEE ALSOunlink(1), unlink(2), chattr(1), shred(1)
The full documentation for rm is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and rm programs are properly installed at your site, the command
- info rm
should give you access to the complete manual.