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     RM(1)                                                       RM(1)

          rm, rmdir  - remove (unlink) files

          rm [ -f ] [ -r ] [ -i ] file ...

          Rm removes the entries for one or more files from a direc-
          tory.  If an entry was the last link to the file, the file
          is destroyed.  If an entry is a directory it is removed only
          if empty.  Removal of a file requires write permission in
          its directory, but neither read nor write permission on the
          file itself.

          If a file has no write permission and the standard input is
          a terminal, its permissions are printed and a line is read
          from the standard input.  If that line begins with `y' the
          file is deleted, otherwise the file remains.  No questions
          are asked and no errors are reported when the -f (force)
          option is given.  Option -r causes rm to recursively delete
          the entire contents of a directory, and the directory

          If the -i (interactive) option is in effect, rm asks whether
          to delete each file, and, under -r, whether to examine each

          unlink(2), rmdir(8)

          Generally self-explanatory.  It is forbidden to remove the
          file `..'  merely to avoid the antisocial consequences of
          inadvertently doing something like `rm -r .*'.