RM(1)                             User Commands                            RM(1)



NAME
       rm - remove files or directories

SYNOPSIS
       rm [OPTION]... FILE...

DESCRIPTION
       This manual page documents the GNU version of rm.  rm removes each speci‐
       fied file.  By default, it does not remove directories.

       If the -I or --interactive=once option is given, and there are more  than
       three  files or the -r, -R, or --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 aborted.

       Otherwise, if a file is unwritable, standard input is a terminal, and the
       -f or --force option is not given,  or  the  -i  or  --interactive=always
       option  is given, rm prompts the user for whether to remove the file.  If
       the response is not affirmative, the file is skipped.

OPTIONS
       Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).

       -f, --force
              ignore nonexistent files, never prompt

       -i     prompt before every removal

       -I     prompt once before removing more than three files, or when  remov‐
              ing  recursively.  Less intrusive than -i, while still giving pro‐
              tection against most mistakes

       --interactive[=WHEN]
              prompt according to WHEN: never, once (-I), or always (-i).  With‐
              out WHEN, prompt always

       --one-file-system
              when  removing a hierarchy recursively, skip any directory that is
              on a file system different from that of the corresponding  command
              line argument

       --no-preserve-root
              do not treat `/' specially

       --preserve-root
              do not remove `/' (default)

       -r, -R, --recursive
              remove directories and their contents recursively

       -v, --verbose
              explain what is being done

       --help display this help and exit

       --version
              output version information and exit

       By  default,  rm does not remove directories.  Use the --recursive (-r or
       -R) option to remove each listed directory, too, along with  all  of  its
       contents.
       To  remove  a  file whose name starts with a `-', for example `-foo', 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.

AUTHOR
       Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard M. Stallman, and Jim Mey‐
       ering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report rm bugs to bug-coreutils@gnu.org
       GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
       General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
       Report rm translation bugs to <http://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright © 2011 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU  GPL
       version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There
       is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO
       unlink(1), unlink(2), chattr(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 invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.



GNU coreutils 8.12.197-032bb     September 2011                            RM(1)