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RM(1)				 User Commands				 RM(1)



NAME
       rm - remove files or directories

SYNOPSIS
       rm [OPTION]... FILE...

DESCRIPTION
       This  manual  page  documents  the  GNU version of rm.  rm removes each
       specified file.	By default, it does not remove directories.

       If a file is unwritable, the standard input is a tty,  and  the	-f  or
       --force	option is not given, rm prompts the user for whether to remove
       the file.  If the response is not affirmative, the file is skipped.

OPTIONS
       Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).

       -f, --force
	      ignore nonexistent files, never prompt

       -i, --interactive
	      prompt before any removal

       --no-preserve-root do not treat '/' specially (the default)

       --preserve-root
	      fail to operate recursively on '/'

       -r, -R, --recursive
	      remove directories and their contents recursively

       -v, --verbose
	      explain what is being done

       --help display this help and exit

       --version
	      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 is usually possible to
       recover the contents of that file.  If you want more assurance that the
       contents are truly unrecoverable, consider using shred.

AUTHOR
       Written	by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Mey-
       ering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright (C) 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
       This is free software.  You may redistribute copies  of	it  under  the
       terms	   of	    the	     GNU      General	   Public      License
       <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.	There is NO WARRANTY,  to  the
       extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO
       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  com-
       mand

	      info rm

       should give you access to the complete manual.



rm 5.97				  March 2012				 RM(1)
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