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PRM(1)			  BSD General Commands Manual			PRM(1)

NAME
     prm -- delete a file or files on a	cluster	of machines

SYNOPSIS
     prm [-dfrPRW] [-g nodegroup1,...,nodegroupN] [-w node1,...,nodeN]
	 [-x node1,...,nodeN] file ...

DESCRIPTION
     The prm utility can be used to delete files or directories	on a cluster
     of	machines.  The following options are available:

     -d	  Attempt to remove directories	as well	as other types of files.

     -f	  Attempt to remove the	files without prompting	for confirmation, re-
	  gardless of the file's permissions.  If the file does	not exist, do
	  not display a	diagnostic message or modify the exit status to	re-
	  flect	an error.

     -P	  Overwrite regular files before deleting them.	 Files are overwritten
	  three	times, first with the byte pattern 0xff, then 0x00, and	then
	  0xff again, before they are deleted.

     -R	  Attempt to remove the	file hierarchy rooted in each file argument.
	  The -R option	implies	the -d option.

     -r	  Equivalent to	-R.

     -W	  Attempts to undelete the named files.	 Currently, this option	can
	  only be used to recover files	covered	by whiteouts.

     -g	  If the -g option is specified, followed by a comma separated list of
	  group	names, the command will	only be	run on that group of nodes.  A
	  node may be a	part of	more than one group if desired,	however	run-
	  ning without the -g option will run the command on the same node as
	  many times as	it appears in the file specified by the	CLUSTER	envi-
	  ronment variable.  This option is silently ignored if	used with the
	  -w option.

     -w	  If the -w option is specified, followed by a comma delimited list of
	  machine names, the command will be run on each node in the list.
	  Without this flag, prm runs on the nodes listed in the file pointed
	  to by	the CLUSTER environment	variable.

     -x	  The -x option	can be used to exclude specific	nodes from the clus-
	  ter.	The format is the same as the -w option, a comma delimited
	  list of machine names.  This option is silently ignored if used with
	  the -w option.

ENVIRONMENT
     prm utilizes the following	environment variables.

     CLUSTER   Contains	a filename, which is a newline separated list of nodes
	       in the cluster.

     RCMD_CMD  Command to use to connect to remote machines.  The command cho-
	       sen must	be able	to connect with	no password to the remote
	       host.  Defaults to rsh

DIAGNOSTICS
     Exit status is 0 on success, 1 if an error	occurs.

SEE ALSO
     dsh(1), rm(1), rsh(1), kerberos(3), hosts.equiv(5), rhosts(5)

HISTORY
     The prm command appeared in clusterit 1.0.	It is based on the prm command
     in	IBM PSSP.

AUTHOR
     Prm was written by	Tim Rightnour.

BUGS
     Some of the more advanced options,	like the -P option, may	not be avail-
     able in some versions of rm(1).  Consult the rm(1)	manpage	on the remote
     host if you have problems.

			       January 14, 2000

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