rmdir - remove directories
rmdir [-p] directory [...]
The rmdir utility removes the directory entry specified by
argument, provided it is empty.
Arguments are processed in the order given. In order to remove both a
parent directory and a subdirectory of that parent, the subdirectory must
be specified first so the parent directory is empty when
rmdir tries to
The options are as follows:
-p Each directory argument is treated as a pathname of
components will be removed, if they are empty,
starting with the
last most component. (See rm(1) for fully non-discriminant recursive
The rmdir utility exits with one of the following values:
0 Each directory argument referred to an empty directory and was
>0 An error occurred.
$ rmdir foobar
Remove the directory foobar if it is empty.
$ rmdir -p cow/horse/monkey
Remove all directories up to and including cow, stopping at
non-empty directory (if any).
The rmdir utility is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2
A rmdir command appeared in Version 1 AT&T UNIX.
OpenBSD 3.6 May 31, 1993
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