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 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.
Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).
ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
prompt before any removal
--no-preserve-root do not treat '/' specially (the default)
fail to operate recursively on '/'
-r, -R, --recursive
remove directories and their contents recursively
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
To remove a file whose name starts with a '-', for example '-foo', use
one of these commands:
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.
Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Mey-
Report bugs to <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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.
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-
should give you access to the complete manual.
rm 5.97 March 2012 RM(1)