RM(1)                          FSF                          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  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 does not
       begin with `y' or `Y', the file is skipped.

       GNU rm, like every program that uses the  getopt  function
       to  parse  its  arguments,  lets  you use the -- option to
       indicate that all following arguments are non-options.  To
       remove  a  file  called `-f' in the current directory, you
       could type either
              rm -- -f
       or
              rm ./-f
       The Unix rm program's use of a single `-' for this purpose
       predates the development of the getopt standard syntax.

OPTIONS
       Remove (unlink) the FILE(s).

       -d, --directory
              unlink  directory,  even  if  non-empty (super-user
              only)

       -f, --force
              ignore nonexistent files, never prompt

       -i, --interactive
              prompt before any removal

       -r, -R, --recursive
              remove the contents of directories recursively

       -v, --verbose
              explain what is being done

       --help display this help and exit

       --version
              output version information and exit

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

SEE ALSO
       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.

GNU fileutils 4.0         November 1998                         1