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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 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.

AUTHOR
       Written	by Paul	Rubin, David MacKenzie,	Richard	Stallman, and Jim Mey-
       ering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2002 Free Software	Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is
       NO  warranty;  not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
       PURPOSE.

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 com-
       mand

	      info rm

       should give you access to the complete manual.

rm (coreutils) 4.5.3		 October 2002				 RM(1)

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