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RMDIR(1) BSD General Commands Manual RMDIR(1)
rmdir -- remove directories
rmdir [-p] directory ...
The rmdir utility removes the directory entry specified by each directory argument, provided
it is empty.
Arguments are processed in the order given. In order to remove both a parent directory and
a subdirectory of that parent, the subdirectory must be specified first so the parent direc-
tory is empty when rmdir tries to remove it.
The following option is available:
-p Each directory argument is treated as a pathname of which all components will be
removed, if they are empty, starting with the last most component. (See rm(1) for
fully non-discriminant recursive removal.)
The rmdir utility exits with one of the following values:
0 Each directory entry specified by a dir operand referred to an empty directory and
was removed successfully.
>0 An error occurred.
The rmdir command is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 (``POSIX.2'') compatible.
A rmdir command appeared in Version 1 AT&T UNIX.
BSD May 31, 1993 BSD
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