NAME [Toc] [Back]
rmdir() - remove a directory file
SYNOPSIS [Toc] [Back]
int rmdir(const char *path);
DESCRIPTION [Toc] [Back]
The rmdir() system call removes a directory file whose name is given
by path. The directory must be empty (except for the files . and ..)
before it can be removed.
RETURN VALUE [Toc] [Back]
rmdir() returns the following values:
0 Successful completion.
-1 Failure. errno is set to indicate the error.
ERRORS [Toc] [Back]
If rmdir() fails, errno is set to one of the following values.
[EACCES] A component of the path prefix denies search
[EACCES] Write permission is denied on the directory
containing the link to be removed.
[EACCES] The process does not have read/write access
permission to the parent directory.
[EBUSY] The directory to be removed is the mount point for
a mounted file system.
[EBUSY] The path is the current working directory.
[EEXIST] The named directory is not empty. It contains
files other than . and ...
[EFAULT] path points outside the process's allocated
address space. The reliable detection of this
error is implementation-dependent.
[ELOOP] Too many symbolic links were encountered in
translating the path name.
[ENAMETOOLONG] The length of the specified path name exceeds
PATH_MAX bytes, or the length of a component of
the path name exceeds NAME_MAX bytes while
_POSIX_NO_TRUNC is in effect.
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[ENOENT] The named file does not exist.
[ENOTDIR] A component of the path is not a directory.
[EPERM] The directory containing the directory to be
removed has the sticky bit set and neither the
containing directory nor the directory to be
removed are owned by the effective user ID.
[EROFS] The directory entry to be removed resides on a
read-only file system.
AUTHOR [Toc] [Back]
rmdir() was developed by the University of California, Berkeley and
SEE ALSO [Toc] [Back]
mkdir(2), unlink(2), remove(3C).
STANDARDS CONFORMANCE [Toc] [Back]
rmdir(): AES, SVID2, SVID3, XPG3, XPG4, FIPS 151-2, POSIX.1
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