RM(1)??? ??? ??? ??? ?User Commands??? ??? ??? ??? ?RM(1)
rm – remove files or directories
rm [OPTION]… FILE…
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.
Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).
unlink FILE, even if it is? a? non-empty??? directory? (super-user
only; this works only if your system
supports unlink for nonempty directories)
ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
prompt before any removal
–no-preserve-root do not treat / specially (the default)
fail to operate recursively on /
-r, -R, –recursive
remove directories and their contents recursively
explain what is being done
–help display this help and exit
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
To? remove a file whose name starts with a -, for example -foo, use
one of these commands:
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.
Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim? Mey
Report bugs to <[email protected]>.
Copyright? 2005 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.
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
should give you access to the complete manual.
rm 5.93 ??? ??? ??? ?? May 2006??? ??? ??? ??? ?RM(1)