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rm(1)                             User Commands                            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 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.


       Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).

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

       -i     prompt before every removal

       -I     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 '/' specially

              do not remove '/' (default); with 'all', reject any command line
              argument on a separate device from its parent

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

       -d, --dir
              remove empty directories

       -v, --verbose
              explain what is being done

       --help display this help and exit

              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

       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(1).


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


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       Copyright © 2022 Free Software Foundation, Inc.  License GPLv3+: GNU GPL
       version 3 or later <>.
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There
       is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


       unlink(1), unlink(2), chattr(1), shred(1)

       Full documentation <>
       or available locally via: info '(coreutils) rm invocation'

GNU coreutils 9.1                  April 2022                              rm(1)

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