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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     rmdir - remove directories

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     rmdir [-p] directory [...]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     The rmdir utility removes the directory entry  specified  by
each directory
     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
     remove it.

     The options are as follows:

     -p      Each directory argument is treated as a pathname  of
which all
             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
             removed successfully.

     >0      An error occurred.

EXAMPLES    [Toc]    [Back]

     $ 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
the first
     non-empty directory (if any).

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

     rm(1), rmdir(2)

STANDARDS    [Toc]    [Back]

     The  rmdir  utility  is  expected  to  be  IEEE  Std  1003.2
(``POSIX.2'') compatible.

HISTORY    [Toc]    [Back]

     A rmdir command appeared in Version 1 AT&T UNIX.

OpenBSD      3.6                           May      31,      1993
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