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Linux / Unix Command: rm
Command Library

NAME

rm - remove files or directories

SYNOPSIS

rm [OPTION]... FILE...

EXAMPLES

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 does not begin with `y' or `Y', 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)
-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
--version
output version information and exit

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.

SEE ALSO

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 command

info rm

should give you access to the complete manual.


Important: Use the man command (% man) to see how a command is used on your particular computer.

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