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       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


       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
              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)

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

       -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 is usually possible to
       recover the contents of that file.  If you want more assurance that the
       contents are truly unrecoverable, consider using shred.


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


       Report bugs to <>.


       Copyright © 2008 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)

       The full documentation for rm is maintained as a  Texinfo  manual.   If
       the  info  and  rm  programs  are  properly installed at your site, the

              info rm

       should give you access to the complete manual.

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