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Linux man pages : rmdir (2)
RMDIR(2)		   Linux Programmer's Manual		      RMDIR(2)

NAME

rmdir - delete a directory

SYNOPSIS

#include <unistd.h> int rmdir(const char *pathname);

DESCRIPTION

rmdir deletes a directory, which must be empty.

RETURN VALUE

On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errno is set appropriately.

ERRORS

EPERM The filesystem containing pathname does not support the removal of directories. EFAULT pathname points outside your accessible address space. EACCES Write access to the directory containing pathname was not allowed for the process's effective uid, or one of the directo- ries in pathname did not allow search (execute) permission. EPERM The directory containing pathname has the sticky-bit (S_ISVTX) set and the process's effective uid is neither the uid of the file to be deleted nor that of the directory containing it. ENAMETOOLONG pathname was too long. ENOENT A directory component in pathname does not exist or is a dan- gling symbolic link. ENOTDIR pathname, or a component used as a directory in pathname, is not, in fact, a directory. ENOTEMPTY pathname contains entries other than . and .. . EBUSY pathname is the current working directory or root directory of some process. ENOMEM Insufficient kernel memory was available. EROFS pathname refers to a file on a read-only filesystem. ELOOP Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving pathname.

CONFORMING TO

SVr4, SVID, POSIX, BSD 4.3

BUGS

Infelicities in the protocol underlying NFS can cause the unexpected disappearance of directories which are still being used.

SEE ALSO

rename(2), mkdir(2), chdir(2), unlink(2), rmdir(1), rm(1) Linux 0.99.7 1993-07-24 RMDIR(2)