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Remove files or directories.

January 2018
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rm - remove files or directories


rm [OPTION]... [FILE]...


This 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 and arguments, never prompt -i prompt before every removal -I prompt once before removing more than three files, or when removing recursively; less intrusive than -i, while still giving protection against most mistakes --interactive[=WHEN] prompt according to WHEN: never, once (-I), or always (-i); without WHEN, prompt always --one-file-system when removing a hierarchy recursively, skip any directory that is on a file system different from that of the corresponding command line argument --no-preserve-root do not treat '/' specially --preserve-root do not remove '/' (default) -r, -R, --recursive remove directories and their contents recursively -d, --dir remove empty directories -v, --verbose explain what is being done --help display this help and exit --version 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 com‐ mands: rm -- -foo rm ./-foo Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it might be possible to recover some of its con‐ tents, given sufficient expertise and/or time. For greater assurance that the contents are truly unrecoverable, consider using shred.


Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard M. Stallman, and Jim Meyering.


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unlink(1), unlink(2), chattr(1), shred(1) Full documentation at: <> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) rm invocation'
GNU coreutils 8.28 January 2018 RM(1)
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