rmdir -- remove a directory file
Standard C Library (libc, -lc)
rmdir(const char *path);
The rmdir() system call removes a directory file whose name is given by
path. The directory must not have any entries other than `.' and `..'.
The rmdir() function returns the value 0 if successful; otherwise the
value -1 is returned and the global variable errno is set to indicate the
The named file is removed unless:
[ENOTDIR] A component of the path is not a directory.
[ENAMETOOLONG] A component of a pathname exceeded 255 characters, or
an entire path name exceeded 1023 characters.
[ENOENT] The named directory does not exist.
[ELOOP] Too many symbolic links were encountered in translating
[ENOTEMPTY] The named directory contains files other than `.' and
`..' in it.
[EACCES] Search permission is denied for a component of the
[EACCES] Write permission is denied on the directory containing
the link to be removed.
[EPERM] The directory containing the directory to be removed
is marked sticky, and neither the containing directory
nor the directory to be removed are owned by the
effective user ID.
[EBUSY] The directory to be removed is the mount point for a
mounted file system.
[EIO] An I/O error occurred while deleting the directory
entry or deallocating the inode.
[EROFS] The directory entry to be removed resides on a readonly
[EFAULT] The path argument points outside the process's allocated
The rmdir() system call appeared in 4.2BSD.
FreeBSD 5.2.1 June 4, 1993 FreeBSD 5.2.1 [ Back ]