REMOVE(3P) POSIX Programmer's Manual REMOVE(3P)

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remove — remove a file

#include <stdio.h>
int remove(const char *path);

The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2017 defers to the ISO C standard.

The remove() function shall cause the file named by the pathname pointed to by path to be no longer accessible by that name. A subsequent attempt to open that file using that name shall fail, unless it is created anew.

If path does not name a directory, remove(path) shall be equivalent to unlink(path).

If path names a directory, remove(path) shall be equivalent to rmdir(path).

Refer to rmdir() or unlink().

Refer to rmdir() or unlink().

The following sections are informative.

The following example shows how to remove access to a file named /home/cnd/old_mods.

#include <stdio.h>
int status;
status = remove("/home/cnd/old_mods");




rmdir(), unlink()

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2017, <stdio.h>

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