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REMOVE(3)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		     REMOVE(3)

NAME
       remove -	remove a file or directory

SYNOPSIS
       #include	<stdio.h>

       int remove(const	char *pathname);

DESCRIPTION
       remove()	 deletes  a  name from the filesystem.	It calls unlink(2) for
       files, and rmdir(2) for directories.

       If the removed name was the last	link to	a file and no  processes  have
       the  file  open,	the file is deleted and	the space it was using is made
       available for reuse.

       If the name was the last	link to	a file,	but any	processes  still  have
       the  file  open,	 the file will remain in existence until the last file
       descriptor referring to it is closed.

       If the name referred to a symbolic link,	the link is removed.

       If the name referred to a socket, FIFO, or device, the name is removed,
       but processes which have	the object open	may continue to	use it.

RETURN VALUE
       On  success,  zero is returned.	On error, -1 is	returned, and errno is
       set appropriately.

ERRORS
       The errors that occur are those for unlink(2) and rmdir(2).

ATTRIBUTES
   Multithreading (see pthreads(7))
       The remove() function is	thread-safe.

CONFORMING TO
       C89, C99, 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.

BUGS
       Infelicities in the protocol underlying NFS can	cause  the  unexpected
       disappearance of	files which are	still being used.

SEE ALSO
       rm(1),  unlink(1), link(2), mknod(2), open(2), rename(2), rmdir(2), un-
       link(2),	mkfifo(3), symlink(7)

COLOPHON
       This page is part of release 3.74 of the	Linux  man-pages  project.   A
       description  of	the project, information about reporting bugs, and the
       latest	 version    of	  this	  page,	   can	   be	  found	    at
       http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

GNU				  2014-08-19			     REMOVE(3)

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