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Linux 2.6 - man page for rmdir (linux section 2)

RMDIR(2)			    Linux Programmer's Manual				 RMDIR(2)

NAME
       rmdir - delete a directory

SYNOPSIS
       #include <unistd.h>

       int rmdir(const char *pathname);

DESCRIPTION
       rmdir() deletes a directory, which must be empty.

RETURN VALUE
       On success, zero is returned.  On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS
       EACCES Write  access  to  the directory containing pathname was not allowed, or one of the
	      directories in the path prefix of pathname did not allow search  permission.   (See
	      also path_resolution(7).

       EBUSY  pathname	is  currently  in  use	by  the  system or some process that prevents its
	      removal.	On Linux this means pathname is currently used as a mount point or is the
	      root directory of the calling process.

       EFAULT pathname points outside your accessible address space.

       EINVAL pathname has .  as last component.

       ELOOP  Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving pathname.

       ENAMETOOLONG
	      pathname was too long.

       ENOENT A directory component in pathname does not exist or is a dangling symbolic link.

       ENOMEM Insufficient kernel memory was available.

       ENOTDIR
	      pathname, or a component used as a directory in pathname, is not, in fact, a direc-
	      tory.

       ENOTEMPTY
	      pathname contains entries other than . and .. ; or, pathname has ..  as  its  final
	      component.  POSIX.1-2001 also allows EEXIST for this condition.

       EPERM  The  directory  containing  pathname  has  the  sticky  bit  (S_ISVTX)  set and the
	      process's effective user ID is neither the user ID of the file to  be  deleted  nor
	      that of the directory containing it, and the process is not privileged (Linux: does
	      not have the CAP_FOWNER capability).

       EPERM  The filesystem containing pathname does not support the removal of directories.

       EROFS  pathname refers to a directory on a read-only filesystem.

CONFORMING TO
       SVr4, 4.3BSD, POSIX.1-2001.

BUGS
       Infelicities in the protocol underlying NFS can	cause  the  unexpected	disappearance  of
       directories which are still being used.

SEE ALSO
       rm(1), rmdir(1), chdir(2), chmod(2), mkdir(2), rename(2), unlink(2), unlinkat(2)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is  part of release 3.55 of the Linux man-pages project.  A description of the
       project,    and	  information	 about	  reporting    bugs,	can    be    found     at
       http://www.kernel.org/doc/man-pages/.

Linux					    2008-05-08					 RMDIR(2)


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