rm(1) -- Linux man page
NAMErm - remove files or directories
SYNOPSISrm [OPTION]... FILE...
DESCRIPTIONThis 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 FILE, even if it is a non-empty directory (super-user only; this works only if your system
- supports `unlink' for nonempty directories)
- -f, --force
- ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
- -i, --interactive
- prompt before any removal
--no-preserve-root do not treat `/' specially (the default)
- fail to operate recursively on `/'
- -r, -R, --recursive
- remove the contents of directories recursively
- -v, --verbose
- explain what is being done
- display this help and exit
- output version information and exit
To remove a file whose name starts with a `-', for example `-foo', use one of these commands:
- rm -- -foo
- rm ./-foo
AUTHORWritten by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Meyering.
REPORTING BUGSReport bugs to <email@example.com>.
COPYRIGHTCopyright © 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
SEE ALSOchattr(1), 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 coreutils rm
should give you access to the complete manual.