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rmdir (1)

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rmdir - remove directories


rmdir [-p] directory ...


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 following option is available:

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 removal.)

The rmdir utility exits with one of the following values:

Each directory entry specified by a dir operand referred to an empty directory and was removed successfully.

An error occurred.

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


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

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