|RMDIR(1P)||POSIX Programmer's Manual||RMDIR(1P)|
rmdir [-p] dir...
For each dir operand, the rmdir utility shall perform actions equivalent to the rmdir() function called with the dir operand as its only argument.
Directories shall be processed in the order specified. If a directory and a subdirectory of that directory are specified in a single invocation of the rmdir utility, the application shall specify the subdirectory before the parent directory so that the parent directory will be empty when the rmdir utility tries to remove it.
The following option shall be supported:
- Remove all directories in a pathname. For each dir operand:
- The directory entry it names shall be removed.
- If the dir operand includes more than one pathname component, effects equivalent to the following command shall occur:
rmdir -p $(dirname dir)
- A pathname of an empty directory to be removed.
- Provide a default value for the internationalization variables that are unset or null. (See the Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2017, Section 8.2, Internationalization Variables for the precedence of internationalization variables used to determine the values of locale categories.)
- If set to a non-empty string value, override the values of all the other internationalization variables.
- Determine the locale for the interpretation of sequences of bytes of text data as characters (for example, single-byte as opposed to multi-byte characters in arguments).
Determine the locale that should be used to affect the format and contents of diagnostic messages written to standard error.
- Determine the location of message catalogs for the processing of LC_MESSAGES.
- Each directory entry specified by a dir operand was removed successfully.
- An error occurred.
The following sections are informative.
rmdir -p a/b/c
removes all three directories.
The rmdir utility on System V also included a -s option that suppressed the informational message output by the -p option. This option has been omitted because the informational message is not specified by this volume of POSIX.1‐2017.
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2017, Chapter 8, Environment Variables, Section 12.2, Utility Syntax Guidelines
The System Interfaces volume of POSIX.1‐2017, remove(), rmdir(), unlink()
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