Section (1) rm
rm — remove files or directories
This manual page documents the GNU version of rm. rm removes each specified file. By default, it does not remove directories.
option is given, and there are more than three files or the
−−recursive are given, then
rm prompts the
user for whether to proceed with the entire operation. If the
response is not affirmative, the entire command is
Otherwise, if a file is unwritable, standard input is a
terminal, and the
−−force option is not
given, or the
option is given, rm prompts the user for
whether to remove the file. If the response is not
affirmative, the file is skipped.
Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).
ignore nonexistent files and arguments, never prompt
prompt before every removal
prompt once before removing more than three files, or when removing recursively; less intrusive than
−i, while still giving protection against most mistakes
prompt according to WHEN: never, once (
−I), or always (
−i); without WHEN, prompt always
when removing a hierarchy recursively, skip any directory that is on a file system different from that of the corresponding command line argument
do not treat _zsingle_quotesz_/_zsingle_quotesz_ specially
do not remove _zsingle_quotesz_/_zsingle_quotesz_ (default); with _zsingle_quotesz_all_zsingle_quotesz_, reject any command line argument on a separate device from its parent
remove directories and their contents recursively
remove empty directories
explain what is being done
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
By default, rm does not remove directories. Use the
−R) option to remove each listed
directory, too, along with all of its contents.
To remove a file whose name starts with a _zsingle_quotesz_−_zsingle_quotesz_, for example _zsingle_quotesz_−foo_zsingle_quotesz_, use one of these commands:
rm -- -foo rm ./-foo
Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it might be possible to recover some of its contents, given sufficient expertise and/or time. For greater assurance that the contents are truly unrecoverable, consider using shred.
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or available locally via: info _zsingle_quotesz_(coreutils) rm invocation_zsingle_quotesz_
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