RMDIR(1) BSD General Commands Manual RMDIR(1)NAMErmdir — remove directories
SYNOPSISrmdir [-p] directory ...
The rmdir utility removes the directory entry specified by each directory
argument, provided it is empty.
Arguments are processed in the order given. In order to remove both a
parent directory and a subdirectory of that parent, the subdirectory must
be specified first so the parent directory is empty when rmdir tries to
The following option is available:
-p Each directory argument is treated as a pathname of which all
components will be removed, if they are empty, starting with the
last most component. (See rm(1) for fully non-discriminant
The rmdir utility exits with one of the following values:
0 Each directory entry specified by a dir operand referred to an
empty directory and was removed successfully.
>0 An error occurred.
The rmdir command is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (“POSIX.2”) compati‐
A rmdir command appeared in Version 1 AT&T UNIX.
BSD May 31, 1993 BSD