how to use “rm” command and its examples

The rm command is used to remove files and directories from the file system.

  • About rm: To remove files or directories
  • Comes From: coreutils-8.4
  • Configuration Files:
  • Path: /bin/rm


1. To remove a file

$ rm file

 2. To forcefully remove a file

$ rm -f file 

3. To prompt before removing any file

$ rm -i file

 4. To prompt before removing any file, if more than three files

$ rm -I file* 

5. To prmpt as specified

$ rm –interactive=WHEN file*

 6. To skip any directory that is on a file system different from specified

$ rm –one-file-system

 7. To do not treat “/” specially

$ rm –no-preserve-root

 8. To do not remove “/”

$ rm –preserve-root

 9. To remove directories and their contents recursively

$ rm -r, 
$ rm -R
$ rm –recursive 

10. To run in verbose mode

$ rm -v
$ rm –version 

11. To get the help

$ rm –help

12. To get the version

$ rm –version

 Related Command: unlink, chattr, shred 

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