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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 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.

OPTIONS
       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)

       --preserve-root
     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

       --version
     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.

AUTHOR
       Written by Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, Richard Stallman, and Jim Mey-
       ering.

REPORTING BUGS
       Report bugs to <bug-coreutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT
       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
       <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>. There is NO WARRANTY,  to  the
       extent permitted by law.

SEE ALSO
       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  com-
       mand

     info rm

       should give you access to the complete manual.

rm 5.97   May 2011 RM(1)

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