Manpage of RMDIR

RMDIR

Section: Linux Programmer's Manual (2)
Updated: 2015-08-08
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NAME

rmdir - delete a directory  

SYNOPSIS

#include <unistd.h>

int rmdir(const char *pathname); 

DESCRIPTION

rmdir() deletes a directory, which must be empty.  

RETURN VALUE

On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and errnois set appropriately.  

ERRORS

EACCES
Write access to the directory containing pathnamewas not allowed, or one of the directories in the path prefix of pathnamedid not allow search permission. (See also path_resolution(7).
EBUSY
pathnameis currently in use by the system or some process that prevents its removal. On Linux this means pathnameis currently used as a mount point or is the root directory of the calling process.
EFAULT
pathname points outside your accessible address space.
EINVAL
pathnamehas .as last component.
ELOOP
Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving pathname.
ENAMETOOLONG
pathname was too long.
ENOENT
A directory component in pathnamedoes not exist or is a dangling symbolic link.
ENOMEM
Insufficient kernel memory was available.
ENOTDIR
pathname, or a component used as a directory in pathname, is not, in fact, a directory.
ENOTEMPTY
pathnamecontains entries other than . and .. ; or, pathnamehas ..as its final component. POSIX.1 also allows EEXISTfor this condition.
EPERM
The directory containing pathnamehas the sticky bit (S_ISVTX) set and the process's effective user ID is neither the user ID of the file to be deleted nor that of the directory containing it, and the process is not privileged (Linux: does not have the CAP_FOWNERcapability).
EPERM
The filesystem containing pathnamedoes not support the removal of directories.
EROFS
pathnamerefers to a directory on a read-only filesystem.
 

CONFORMING TO

POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, SVr4, 4.3BSD.  

BUGS

Infelicities in the protocol underlying NFS can cause the unexpected disappearance of directories which are still being used.  

SEE ALSO

rm(1), rmdir(1), chdir(2), chmod(2), mkdir(2), rename(2), unlink(2), unlinkat(2)


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
RETURN VALUE
ERRORS
CONFORMING TO
BUGS
SEE ALSO

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