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rm - Unix, Linux Command

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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).

-f, --force
  ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
-i, --interactive
  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
-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 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 Meyering.


Report bugs to <>.


Copyright © 2006 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. 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 command

info rm
should give you access to the complete manual.
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