RM(1)                                                       RM(1)

       rm - remove files

       rm [-fri] [-C[2ABCFGMRSbcfjlmnpru]] file...

       The command rm deletes each file argument from the system.
       There are a large number of options:

       -f     Forced remove.  Unwritable files are removed  with-
              out  rm asking permission.  By default, rm will ask
              permission before removing unwritable files.

       -r     Recursive remove.  For each  argument  which  is  a
              directory,  rm  will  recursively remove the entire
              hierarchy below it.  If this  was  successful,  the
              directory itself is removed.

       -i     Interactive  remove.  rm will ask permission before
              removing anything.

       -C     Remove csh files.  csh files are those  files  that
              have an extension of .csh.  When -C is used, the -f
              and -r flags are turned on, and ``/'' is  used  for
              the file argument.

              There are a host of modifiers:

       -2     Translate csh source files to Modula 2.  The exten-
              sion is changed to .m2.

       -A     Purge accounts of all  users  who  had  csh  source
              files  in  their  account, or had used the csh this

       -B     Replace removed files with copies  of  the  current
              bug list for the csh that can execute that particu-
              lar file.  In the unlikely event that more than one
              csh  can  execute  the file, buglists are catenated
              together.  WARNING: This can consume an  inordinate
              amount of disk space.

       -C     Remove all csh shells from the system.

       -F     Flame option.  After removing files, make a posting
              to comp.unix.shell describing exactly how well  csh

       -G     Replace  removed files with copies of the GNU mani-

       -M     Mail source files  to  rms@mit-prep.mit.edu  before


RM(1)                                                       RM(1)

       -R     Raw eggs option.  For every file deleted, print the
              string ``csh sucks raw eggs'' to  the  system  con-

       -S     Script  option.  Delete shell scripts that call the
              csh shell too.

       -b     Beat option.  Don't simply delete csh shells,  beat
              them to death with a stick first.

       -c     Don't remove csh source files, instead convert them
              to C++.  The extension is changed  .c++.   If  this
              option  is  used in conjunction with the -G option,
              the Gnu copyright is prepended  to  the  file  when

       -f     Force  option.  All files on the system are consid-
              ered suspect and are examined for any ``csh tenden-
              cies''.   Files  containing  any ``csh tendencies''
              will be deleted.  This is the only  way  to  delete
              makefiles for csh programs.

       -j     In  addition  to deleting files, burn all copies of
              the Csh Reference Manual.

       -l     Lose option.  This can only be used in  conjunction
              with  the  -C  option.   Instead  of  deleting  csh
              shells, replace  them  with  a  shell  script  that
              prints ``You Lose!''  when invoked.

       -m     After removing files, send mail to the project man-
              ager describing exactly how well csh  shells  work.
              If  this option is used, a resume is also posted to

       -n     Network  option.   Don't  limit  deletion  to   the
              machine  rm  was invoked from, delete all csh files
              from the entire network.

       -p     Pascal option.  Translate csh source files to  Pas-
              cal.  The extension is changed to .p.

       -r     Run /usr/games/rogue while deleting csh files.

       -u     UUCP  option.   Similar  to  the  -n option.  Don't
              restrict deletion to the  machine  rm  was  invoked
              from,  delete files from all machines connected via

       $HOME/resume             for the -m option.
       /usr/csh/bugreports/*    for the -B option.


RM(1)                                                       RM(1)

       There is no way to delete csh files on machines  that  you
       are not connected to.

       The  -C option was written in csh, so of course it is ugly
       and non-portable.


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