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 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.


-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.

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.


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


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. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.