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$ man rm

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 --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.

       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

              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); 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

              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.

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

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

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

       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)