This page shows the contents of the Linux rm command man page. The rm command ("remove") is used for deleting files and directories on a Unix or Linux system.
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Linux rm command man page
RM(1) User Commands RM(1) NAME rm - remove files or directories SYNOPSIS rm [OPTION]... FILE... DESCRIPTION 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 is not affirmative, the file is skipped. OPTIONS Remove (unlink) the FILE(s). -d, --directory unlink FILE, even if it is a non-empty directory (super-user only; this works only if your system supports ‘unlink’ for nonempty directories) -f, --force ignore nonexistent files, never prompt -i, --interactive prompt before any removal --no-preserve-root do not treat ‘/’ specially (the default) --preserve-root fail to operate recursively on ‘/’ -r, -R, --recursive remove directories and their contents recursively -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 commands: rm -- -foo 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. AUTHOR Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Mey- ering. COPYRIGHT Copyright 2006 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 ALSO 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 com- mand info rm should give you access to the complete manual. rm 5.97 January 2009 RM(1)
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