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rm(1)			    General Commands Manual			 rm(1)

NAME
       rm - remove files or directories

SYNOPSIS
       file ...

DESCRIPTION
       The command removes the entries for one or more files from a directory.
       If an entry was the last	link to	the file, the file is destroyed.   Re-
       moval  of  a file requires write	and search (execute) permission	in its
       directory, but no permissions on	the  file  itself.   However,  if  the
       sticky  bit is set on the directory containing the file,	only the owner
       of the file, the	owner of the directory,	or a user  having  appropriate
       privileges can remove the file.

       If  a  user does	not have write permission for a	file to	be removed and
       standard	input is a terminal, a prompt containing the file name and its
       permissions  is printed requesting that the removal of the file be con-
       firmed (see Access Control Lists	below).	 A  line  is  then  read  from
       standard	 input.	  If that line begins with the file is deleted;	other-
       wise, the file remains.	No questions are  asked	 when  the  option  is
       given or	if standard input is not a terminal.

       If  file	is of type directory, and the option is	not specified, and ei-
       ther the	permissions of file do not permit writing and  standard	 input
       is  a  terminal or the option is	specified, writes a prompt to standard
       error and reads a line from standard input.  If the response  does  not
       begin  with  it	does nothing more with the current file	and goes on to
       any remaining files.

       If file is a symbolic link, then	only the symbolic link is removed. The
       file  or	directory pointed to by	the symbolic link is not affected.  If
       any of the intermediate path components of file happens to  be  a  sym-
       bolic link, then	follows	the symbolic link and removes the file.

   Options
       recognizes the following	options:

	      Force each file or directory to be removed
		     without  prompting	 for  confirmation,  regardless	of the
		     permissions of the	entry.	This  option  also  suppresses
		     diagnostic	messages regarding nonexistent operands.

		     This  option  does	 not  suppress any diagnostic messages
		     other than	those regarding	nonexistent operands.  To sup-
		     press  all	error message and interactive prompts, the op-
		     tion should be used while redirecting standard error out-
		     put to

		     This  option  ignores  any	previous occurrence of the op-
		     tion.

	      Write a prompt to	standard error
		     requesting	confirmation before removing each entry.

		     This option ignores any previous occurrence  of  the  op-
		     tion.

	      For each argument	that is	a directory, this option causes
		     to	 recursively delete the	entire contents	of that	direc-
		     tory before removing the directory	itself.	 When used  in
		     conjunction with the option, asks whether to examine each
		     directory before interactively removing files in that di-
		     rectory  and  again afterward to confirm removing the di-
		     rectory itself.

		     The option	will descend to	arbitrary depths in a file hi-
		     erarchy  and will not fail	due to path length limitations
		     unless the	length of file name, specified by the user ex-
		     ceeds system limitations.

	      Equivalent to

   Access Control Lists
       If  a  file  has	 optional  ACL entries,	displays a plus	sign after the
       file's permissions.  The	permissions shown summarize the	 file's	 value
       returned	by (see	stat(2)).  See also acl(5).

EXTERNAL INFLUENCES
   Environment Variables
       provides	 a  default  value for the internationalization	variables that
       are unset or null. If is	unset or null, the default value of  "C"  (see
       lang(5))	is used. If any	of the internationalization variables contains
       an invalid setting, will	behave as if  all  internationalization	 vari-
       ables are set to	"C".  See environ(5).

       If  set	to  a  non-empty string	value, overrides the values of all the
       other internationalization variables.

       determines the interpretation of	file names as single and/or multi-byte
       characters,  the	 classification	 of  characters	 as printable, and the
       characters matched by character class expressions  in  regular  expres-
       sions.

       determines the locale that should be used to affect the format and con-
       tents of	diagnostic messages written to standard	error and  informative
       messages	written	to standard output.

       determines the location of message catalogues for the processing	of

   International Code Set Support
       Single- and multibyte character code sets are supported.

DIAGNOSTICS
       Generally self-explanatory.  Note that the option does not suppress all
       diagnostic messages.

       It is forbidden to remove the file in order to avoid  the  consequences
       of using	a command such as:

       If a designated file is a directory, an error comment is	printed	unless
       the or option is	used.

RETURN VALUE
       exits with one of the following values:

	      If the option is not specified, 0	is returned only  if  all  the
		     named  directory  entries (the arguments specified	in the
		     command) are removed.

		     If	the option is specified, then all the  existing	 named
		     directory entries are removed. If any of the named	direc-
		     tory entries are non-existent, still returns a zero.

	      An error occurred.

EXAMPLES
       Remove files with a prompt for verification:

       Remove all the files in a directory:

       Note that the previous command removes files only, and does not	remove
       any directories in

       Remove  a  file	in  the	current	directory whose	name starts with or or
       some other character that is special to the shell:

	      etc.

       Remove a	file in	the current directory  whose  name  starts  with  some
       strange	(usually nonprinting, invisible) character or perhaps has spa-
       ces at the beginning or end of the filename,  prompting	for  confirma-
       tion:

       If  is  not unique in the directory, enter when each of the other files
       is prompted.

       A powerful and dangerous	command	to remove a directory is:

       or

       which removes all files and directories from without any	prompting  for
       verification  to	 remove	 the  files  or	the directories.  This command
       should only be used when	you are	absolutely certain that	all the	 files
       and directories in as well as itself are	to be removed.

DEPENDENCIES
   NFS
       does  not display a plus	sign to	indicate the existence of optional ac-
       cess control list entries when asking for confirmation before  removing
       a networked file.

SEE ALSO
       rmdir(1), unlink(2), acl(5).

STANDARDS CONFORMANCE
									 rm(1)

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