How to Remove a File using the rm Command

December 27, 2022 / How-to Guide

This guide will explain how to remove a file. Users can use the rm command to remove files they no longer need. The “rm” command removes entries for a particular file, group of files, or particular set of files from a directory list.

When you use the rm command, user confirmation, read permission, and write permission is not necessary before a file is deleted. However, you must have “write” access to the directory where the file is located.

The “rm” command can be used in the ways listed below:

  1. Type the following to remove the file myfile:
    rm myfile
  2. Type the following to remove each file in the mydir directory individually:
    rm -i mydir/*
  3. To remove a file, type y and hit enter once the file name is been displayed or simply click “Enter” to keep the file.

You are now aware of how to remove a file. The method described above that uses the “rm” command is the best.


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