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BSD 2.11 - man page for rmdir (bsd section 1)

RMDIR(1)				       General Commands Manual					     RMDIR(1)

NAME
rmdir, rm - remove (unlink) directories or files
SYNOPSIS
rmdir dir ... rm [ -f ] [ -r ] [ -i ] [ - ] file ...
DESCRIPTION
Rmdir removes entries for the named directories, which must be empty. Rm removes the entries for one or more files from a directory. If an entry was the last link to the file, the file is destroyed. Removal of a file requires write permission in its directory, but neither read nor write permission on the file itself. If a file has no write permission and the standard input is a terminal, its permissions are printed and a line is read from the standard input. If that line begins with `y' the file is deleted, otherwise the file remains. No questions are asked and no errors are reported when the -f (force) option is given. If a designated file is a directory, an error comment is printed unless the optional argument -r has been used. In that case, rm recursively deletes the entire contents of the specified directory, and the directory itself. If the -i (interactive) option is in effect, rm asks whether to delete each file, and, under -r, whether to examine each directory. The null option - indicates that all the arguments following it are to be treated as file names. This allows the specification of file names starting with a minus.
SEE ALSO
rm(1), unlink(2), rmdir(2) 4.2 Berkeley Distribution April 29, 1985 RMDIR(1)


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