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$ man rm

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 the -I or --interactive=once option is given, and there are more than three files or the -r, -R, or --re‐
       cursive  are  given,  then rm prompts the user for whether to proceed with the entire operation.  If the re‐
       sponse 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.

OPTIONS
       Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).

       -f, --force
              ignore nonexistent files and arguments, 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

       --interactive[=WHEN]
              prompt according to WHEN: never, once (-I), or always (-i); without WHEN, prompt always

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

       --no-preserve-root
              do not treat '/' specially

       --preserve-root[=all]
              do not remove '/' (default); with 'all', reject any command line argument on a separate  device  from
              its parent

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

       -d, --dir
              remove empty directories

       -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 di‐
       rectory, 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 suffi‐
       cient  expertise and/or time.  For greater assurance that the contents are truly unrecoverable, consider us‐
       ing shred.

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

REPORTING BUGS
       GNU coreutils online help: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
       Report rm translation bugs to <https://translationproject.org/team/>

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright  ©  2018  Free  Software  Foundation,  Inc.   License  GPLv3+:  GNU  GPL  version   3   or   later
       <https://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.
       This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.  There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent per‐
       mitted by law.

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

       Full documentation at: <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/rm>
       or available locally via: info '(coreutils) rm invocation'

GNU coreutils 8.30                                 September 2019                                             RM(1)