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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 a file is unwritable, the standard input is a tty, and the -f or
--force option is not given, rm prompts the user for whether to remove
the file. If the response does not begin with ‘y’ or ‘Y’, the file is
Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).
unlink FILE, even if it is a non-empty directory (super-user
only; this works only if your system
supports ‘unlink’ for nonempty directories)
ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
prompt before any removal
--no-preserve-root do not treat ‘/’ specially (the default)
fail to operate recursively on ‘/’
-r, -R, --recursive
remove the contents of directories recursively
explain what is being done
--help display this help and exit
output version information and exit
To remove a file whose name starts with a ‘-’, for example ‘-foo’, use
one of these commands:
rm -- -foo
Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it is usually possible to
recover the contents of that file. If you want more assurance that the
contents are truly unrecoverable, consider using shred.
Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Mey-
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Copyright © 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is
NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
The full documentation for rm is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If
the info and rm programs are properly installed at your site, the com-
info coreutils rm
should give you access to the complete manual.
rm (coreutils) 5.2.1 July 2005 RM(1)
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