RM(I) 1/20/73 RM(I) NAME rm - remove (unlink) files SYNOPSIS rm [ -f ] [ -r ] name ... DESCRIPTION Rm removes the entries for one or more files from a directory. If an entry was the last link to the file, the file is destroyed. Removal of a file requires write permission in its directory, but neither read nor write permission on the file itself. If a file has no write permission, rm prints the file name and its mode, then reads a line from the standard input. If the line begins with y, the file is removed, otherwise it is not. The question is not asked if option -f was given or if the standard input is not a typewriter. If a designated file is a directory, an error comment is printed unless the optional argument -r has been used. In that case, rm recursively deletes the entire contents of the specified directory. To remove directories per se see rmdir(I). FILES /etc/glob to implement the -r flag SEE ALSO rmdir (I) BUGS When rm removes the contents of a directory under the -r flag, full pathnames are not printed in diagnostics.