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NAME

       ipcrm - remove a message queue, semaphore set or shared memory id

SYNOPSIS

       ipcrm [ -M key | -m id | -Q key | -q id | -S key | -s id ] ...

       deprecated usage

       ipcrm {shm|msg|sem} id...

DESCRIPTION

       ipcrm  removes  System  V  interprocess  communication  (IPC)  objects and associated data
       structures from the system.  In order to delete such objects, you must  be  superuser,  or
       the creator or owner of the object.

       System  V  IPC  objects are of three types: shared memory, message queues, and semaphores.
       Deletion of a message queue or semaphore object is immediate (regardless  of  whether  any
       process  still  holds  an  IPC identifier for the object).  A shared memory object is only
       removed after all currently attached processes have detached (shmdt(2))  the  object  from
       their virtual address space.

       Two syntax styles are supported.  The old Linux historical syntax specifies a three letter
       keyword indicating which class of object is to be deleted, followed by  one  or  more  IPC
       identifiers for objects of this type.

       The  SUS-compliant  syntax  allows  the specification of zero or more objects of all three
       types in a single command line, with objects specified either by  key  or  by  identifier.
       (See  below.)   Both  keys  and  identifiers  may  be  specified  in  decimal, hexadecimal
       (specified with an initial '0x' or '0X'), or octal (specified with an initial '0').

OPTIONS

       -M shmkey
              removes the shared memory segment created with shmkey  after  the  last  detach  is
              performed.

       -m shmid
              removes  the  shared  memory  segment  identified by shmid after the last detach is
              performed.

       -Q msgkey
              removes the message queue created with msgkey.

       -q msgid
              removes the message queue identified by msgid.

       -S semkey
              removes the semaphore created with semkey.

       -s semid
              removes the semaphore identified by semid.

       The details of the removes are described in  msgctl(2),  shmctl(2),  and  semctl(2).   The
       identifiers and keys may be found by using ipcs(1).

NOTES

       In its first Linux implementation, ipcrm used the deprecated syntax shown in the SYNOPSIS.
       Functionality present in other *nix implementations of ipcrm has since been added,  namely
       the  ability  to  delete  resources  by key (not just identifier), and to respect the same
       command-line syntax. For backward compatibility the previous syntax is still supported.

SEE ALSO

       ipcs(1),  ipcmk(1),  msgctl(2),  msgget(2),  semctl(2),  semget(2),  shmctl(2),  shmdt(2),
       shmget(2), ftok(3)

AVAILABILITY

       The   ipcrm   command   is   part   of  the  util-linux  package  and  is  available  from
       ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.