Remove files (delete/unlink)
Syntax rm [options]... file... Options -d, --directory unlink directory, even if non-empty (super-user only) -f, --force ignore nonexistent files, never prompt -i, --interactive prompt before any removal -r, -R, --recursive remove the contents of directories recursively -v, --verbose explain what is being done --help display this help and exit --version output version information and exit
To remove a file you must have write permission on the file and
the folder where it is stored.
rm -rf will recursively remove folders and their contents
The OWNER of a file does not need rw permissions in order to rm it.
The rm command
accepts the `--' option which will cause it to stop processing flag
options from that point forward. This allows the removal of file names that
begin with a dash (`-').
rm -- -filename
Alternatively use an absolute or relative path reference.
To delete a file with non-printable characters in the name: `bad file name' Use the shell wildcard "?" for each character
Older file systems such as ext2fs, perform badly for massive bulk deletes. The newer ext3fs doesn't have this performance problem.
To remove a very large number of files from a directory it can be quicker to rm them one at a time in a loop:
find my_dir -type f | while read -r; do rm -v "$REPLY"; sleep 0.2; done
"It devoured my paper, it was a really good paper" ~ Ellen Feiss
ls - List information about files
rmdir - Remove folder(s)
Equivalent Windows command: DEL - Delete one or more files
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