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SunOS man pages : rm (1)

FSF                                                         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 does not begin with `y' or `Y', the file is skipped.


Remove (unlink) the FILE(s). -d, --directory unlink directory, even if non-empty (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: ../src/rm -- -foo ../src/rm ./-foo Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it is usually pos- sible to recover the contents of that file. If you want more assurance that the contents are truly unrecoverable, consider using shred. rm (fileutils) 4.1 Last change: April 2001 1 FSF RM(1)


Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Meyering.


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Copyright O 2001 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying condi- tions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


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 command info rm should give you access to the complete manual. rm (fileutils) 4.1 Last change: April 2001 2