If the -I or --interactive=once option is given, and there are more than three files or the -r, -R, or --recursive are given, then rm prompts the user for whether to proceed with the entire operation. If the response 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 theresponse is not affirmative, the file is skipped.
Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).
- -f, --force
- ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
- prompt before every removal
- 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)
- -r, -R, --recursive
- remove directories and their contents recursively
- -v, --verbose
- explain what is being done
- 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
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law. unlink(1) , unlink(2) , 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 command
should give you access to the complete manual.