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RM(1)                                 FSF                                RM(1)



NAME
       rm - remove files or directories

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

DESCRIPTION
       This  manual  page  documents  the  GNU version(1,3,5) of rm.  rm removes each
       specified file.  By default, it does not remove directories.

       If a file(1,n) is unwritable, the standard input is a tty(1,4),  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(1,n)  is
       skipped.

OPTIONS
       Remove (unlink(1,2)) the FILE(s).

       -d, --directory
              unlink(1,2) directory, even if(3,n) non-empty (super-user only)

       -f, --force
              ignore nonexistent files, never prompt

       -i, --interactive
              prompt before any removal

       -r, -R, --recursive
              remove the contents of directories recursively

       -v, --verbose
              explain what is being done

       --help display this help and exit(3,n,1 builtins)

       --version
              output version(1,3,5) information and exit(3,n,1 builtins)

       To  remove a file(1,n) whose name starts with a `-', for example `-foo', use
       one of these commands:

              ../src/rm -- -foo

              ../src/rm ./-foo

       Note that if(3,n) you use rm to remove a file(1,n), 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.

AUTHOR
       Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim  Mey-
       ering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-fileutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright  2001 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
       PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO
       shred(1)

       The  full  documentation  for rm is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If
       the info(1,5,n) and rm programs are properly installed at your site, the  com-
       mand

              info(1,5,n) rm

       should give you access(2,5) to the complete manual.



rm (fileutils) 4.1                April 2001                             RM(1)

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