RM(1)                                                            User Commands                                                           RM(1)


       rm - remove files or directories


       rm [OPTION]... FILE...


       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.


       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

              prompt according to WHEN: never, once (-I), or always (-i).  Without WHEN, prompt always

              when  removing  a  hierarchy  recursively,  skip any directory that is on a file system different from that of the corresponding
              command line argument

              do not treat `/' specially

              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

              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 commands:

              rm -- -foo

              rm ./-foo

       Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it might be possible to recover some of its contents, given sufficient expertise and/or time.
       For greater assurance that the contents are truly unrecoverable, consider using shred.


       Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard M. Stallman, and Jim Meyering.


       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 © 2011 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.


       unlink(1), unlink(2), chattr(1), shred(1)

       The full documentation for rm is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and rm programs are properly installed at your site,  the

              info coreutils 'rm invocation'

       should give you access to the complete manual.

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