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Linux 2.6 - man page for rmdir (linux section 1posix)

RMDIR(P)			    POSIX Programmer's Manual				 RMDIR(P)

NAME
       rmdir - remove directories

SYNOPSIS
       rmdir [-p] dir...

DESCRIPTION
       The rmdir utility shall remove the directory entry specified by each dir operand.

       For  each  dir  operand, the rmdir utility shall perform actions equivalent to the rmdir()
       function called with the dir operand as its only argument.

       Directories shall be processed in the order specified. If a directory and  a  subdirectory
       of  that directory are specified in a single invocation of the rmdir utility, the applica-
       tion shall specify the subdirectory before the parent directory so that the parent  direc-
       tory will be empty when the rmdir utility tries to remove it.

OPTIONS
       The  rmdir  utility  shall conform to the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001,
       Section 12.2, Utility Syntax Guidelines.

       The following option shall be supported:

       -p     Remove all directories in a pathname. For each dir operand:

	       1. The directory entry it names shall be removed.

	       2. If the dir operand includes more than one pathname component,  effects  equiva-
		  lent to the following command shall occur:

		  rmdir -p $(dirname dir)

OPERANDS
       The following operand shall be supported:

       dir    A pathname of an empty directory to be removed.

STDIN
       Not used.

INPUT FILES
       None.

ENVIRONMENT VARIABLES
       The following environment variables shall affect the execution of rmdir:

       LANG   Provide  a  default  value for the internationalization variables that are unset or
	      null. (See the Base Definitions volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, Section 8.2, Inter-
	      nationalization Variables for the precedence of internationalization variables used
	      to determine the values of locale categories.)

       LC_ALL If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the  other  interna-
	      tionalization variables.

       LC_CTYPE
	      Determine  the  locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as
	      characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi-byte characters	in  argu-
	      ments).

       LC_MESSAGES
	      Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diag-
	      nostic messages written to standard error.

       NLSPATH
	      Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES .

ASYNCHRONOUS EVENTS
       Default.

STDOUT
       Not used.

STDERR
       The standard error shall be used only for diagnostic messages.

OUTPUT FILES
       None.

EXTENDED DESCRIPTION
       None.

EXIT STATUS
       The following exit values shall be returned:

	0     Each directory entry specified by a dir operand was removed successfully.

       >0     An error occurred.

CONSEQUENCES OF ERRORS
       Default.

       The following sections are informative.

APPLICATION USAGE
       The definition of an empty directory is one that contains, at most, directory entries  for
       dot and dot-dot.

EXAMPLES
       If  a  directory  a in the current directory is empty except it contains a directory b and
       a/b is empty except it contains a directory c:

	      rmdir -p a/b/c

       removes all three directories.

RATIONALE
       On historical System V systems, the -p option also caused a message to be written  to  the
       standard  output. The message indicated whether the whole path was removed or whether part
       of the path remained for some reason. The STDERR section requires this diagnostic when the
       entire  path specified by a dir operand is not removed, but does not allow the status mes-
       sage reporting success to be written as a diagnostic.

       The rmdir utility on System V also included a -s option that suppressed the  informational
       message	output	by  the -p option. This option has been omitted because the informational
       message is not specified by this volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001.

FUTURE DIRECTIONS
       None.

SEE ALSO
       rm , the System Interfaces volume of IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, remove(), rmdir(), unlink()

COPYRIGHT
       Portions of this text are reprinted and	reproduced  in	electronic  form  from	IEEE  Std
       1003.1,	2003  Edition,	Standard  for Information Technology -- Portable Operating System
       Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue 6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003  by
       the  Institute  of  Electrical  and  Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the
       event of any discrepancy between this version and the original IEEE  and  The  Open  Group
       Standard, the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The orig-
       inal Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html .

IEEE/The Open Group			       2003					 RMDIR(P)


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