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Linux 2.6 - man page for rm (linux section 1)

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 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.

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 removing recursively.
	      Less intrusive than -i, while still giving protection against most mistakes

       --interactive[=WHEN]
	      prompt according to WHEN: never, once (-I), or always (-i).  Without  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 com-
       mands:

	      rm -- -foo

	      rm ./-foo

       Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it might be possible to recover some of its con-
       tents,  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 Meyering.

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 (C) 2010 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  pro-
       grams are properly installed at your site, the command

	      info coreutils 'rm invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.

GNU coreutils 8.5			  February 2011 				    RM(1)


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