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RM(1)											    RM(1)

       rm, rmdir  - remove (unlink) files

       rm [ -fri ] file ...

       rmdir dir ...

       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 when the -f (force)
       option is given.

       If a designated file is a directory, an error comment is printed unless the optional argu-
       ment  -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.

       Rmdir removes entries for the named directories, which must be empty.


       Generally  self-explanatory.   It is forbidden to remove the file `..' merely to avoid the
       antisocial consequences of inadvertently doing something like `rm -r .*'.

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