How to remove files or directories
1. remove command name
rm- remove files or directories
2. rm synopsis
rm [OPTION]... FILE...
3. rm frequently used options
-i, --interactive prompt before any removal -f, --force ignore nonexistent files, never prompt -r, -R, --recursive remove directories and their contents recursively
4. rm examples
Interactive remove is very useful option.
rm -i foo.bar
rm -f ( force) option removes also files which are non-existent and never prompt.
rm -f foo.bar
Even that rm command was not constructed to remove directories by default you can force rm to remove directory and all files in inside by -fr option combination. Be very careful with this command it can do lots of damage:
rm -fr dir/
Sometimes you need to make rm command to do not accept any other options. Lets assume that we have a file called “-i” and we need to remove it. In this case we nee to use “–” options wich will instruct rm command to not accept any other options.
rm -- -i
Or we might need to remove filename which starts with meta character. In this case we need to escape this meta character with “\”. For example to remove $rm file we issue command:
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