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rm(1)									 rm(1)

       rm - remove files or directories

       file ...

       The command removes the entries for one or more files from a directory.
       If an entry was the last link to	 the  file,  the  file	is  destroyed.
       Removal of a file requires write and search (execute) permission in its
       directory, but no permissions on the  file  itself.   However,  if  the
       sticky  bit is set on the directory containing the file, only the owner
       of the file, the owner of the directory, or a user  having  appropriate
       privileges can remove the file.

       If  a  user does not have write permission for a file to be removed and
       standard input is a terminal, a prompt containing the file name and its
       permissions  is printed requesting that the removal of the file be con‐
       firmed (see Access Control Lists below).	 A  line  is  then  read  from
       standard	 input.	  If that line begins with the file is deleted; other‐
       wise, the file remains.	No questions are  asked	 when  the  option  is
       given or if standard input is not a terminal.

       If  file	 is  of	 type  directory, and the option is not specified, and
       either the permissions of file do not permit writing and standard input
       is  a  terminal or the option is specified, writes a prompt to standard
       error and reads a line from standard input.  If the response  does  not
       begin  with  it	does nothing more with the current file and goes on to
       any remaining files.

       If file is a symbolic link, then only the symbolic link is removed. The
       file  or directory pointed to by the symbolic link is not affected.  If
       any of the intermediate path components of file happens to  be  a  sym‐
       bolic link, then follows the symbolic link and removes the file.

       recognizes the following options:

	      Force each file or directory to be removed
		     without  prompting	 for  confirmation,  regardless of the
		     permissions of the entry.	This  option  also  suppresses
		     diagnostic messages regarding nonexistent operands.

		     This  option  does	 not  suppress any diagnostic messages
		     other than those regarding nonexistent operands.  To sup‐
		     press  all	 error	message	 and  interactive prompts, the
		     option should be used while  redirecting  standard	 error
		     output to

		     This  option  ignores  any	 previous  occurrence  of  the

	      Write a prompt to standard error
		     requesting confirmation before removing each entry.

		     This  option  ignores  any	 previous  occurrence  of  the

	      For each argument that is a directory, this option causes
		     to	 recursively delete the entire contents of that direc‐
		     tory before removing the directory itself.	 When used  in
		     conjunction with the option, asks whether to examine each
		     directory before interactively  removing  files  in  that
		     directory	and  again  afterward  to confirm removing the
		     directory itself.

		     The option will descend to arbitrary  depths  in  a  file
		     hierarchy	and  will  not fail due to path length limita‐
		     tions unless the length of file name,  specified  by  the
		     user exceeds system limitations.

	      Equivalent to

   Access Control Lists
       If  a  file  has	 optional  ACL entries, displays a plus sign after the
       file's permissions.  The permissions shown summarize the	 file's	 value
       returned by (see stat(2)).  See also acl(5).

   Environment Variables
       provides	 a  default  value for the internationalization variables that
       are unset or null. If is unset or null, the default value of  "C"  (see
       lang(5)) is used. If any of the internationalization variables contains
       an invalid setting, will behave as if  all  internationalization	 vari‐
       ables are set to "C".  See environ(5).

       If  set	to  a  non-empty string value, overrides the values of all the
       other internationalization variables.

       determines the interpretation of file names as single and/or multi-byte
       characters,  the	 classification	 of  characters	 as printable, and the
       characters matched by character class expressions  in  regular  expres‐

       determines the locale that should be used to affect the format and con‐
       tents of diagnostic messages written to standard error and  informative
       messages written to standard output.

       determines the location of message catalogues for the processing of

   International Code Set Support
       Single- and multibyte character code sets are supported.

       Generally self-explanatory.  Note that the option does not suppress all
       diagnostic messages.

       It is forbidden to remove the file in order to avoid  the  consequences
       of using a command such as:

       If a designated file is a directory, an error comment is printed unless
       the or option is used.

       exits with one of the following values:

	      If the option is not specified, 0 is returned only  if  all  the
		     named  directory  entries (the arguments specified in the
		     command) are removed.

		     If the option is specified, then all the  existing	 named
		     directory entries are removed. If any of the named direc‐
		     tory entries are non-existent, still returns a zero.

	      An error occurred.

       Remove files with a prompt for verification:

       Remove all the files in a directory:

       Note that the previous command removes files only, and does not	remove
       any directories in

       Remove  a  file	in  the current directory whose name starts with or or
       some other character that is special to the shell:


       Remove a file in the current directory  whose  name  starts  with  some
       strange	(usually nonprinting, invisible) character or perhaps has spa‐
       ces at the beginning or end of the filename,  prompting	for  confirma‐

       If  is  not unique in the directory, enter when each of the other files
       is prompted.

       A powerful and dangerous command to remove a directory is:


       which removes all files and directories from without any prompting  for
       verification  to	 remove	 the  files  or the directories.  This command
       should only be used when you are absolutely certain that all the	 files
       and directories in as well as itself are to be removed.

       does  not  display  a  plus  sign to indicate the existence of optional
       access control list entries when asking for confirmation before	remov‐
       ing a networked file.

       rmdir(1), unlink(2), acl(5).


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