MirBSD manpage: rmdir(1)

RMDIR(1)                     BSD Reference Manual                     RMDIR(1)


     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 options are as follows:

     -p      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 recur-
             sive removal.)

     The rmdir utility exits with one of the following values:

     0       Each directory argument referred to an empty directory and was
             removed successfully.

     >0      An error occurred.


     $ rmdir foobar

     Remove the directory foobar if it is empty.

     $ rmdir -p cow/horse/monkey

     Remove all directories up to and including cow, stopping at the first
     non-empty directory (if any).


     rm(1), rmdir(2)


     The rmdir utility is expected to be IEEE Std 1003.2 ("POSIX.2") compati-


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

MirBSD #10-current               May 31, 1993                                1

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