The rmdir utility shall remove the directory entry specified by each
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 environment variables shall affect the execution of rmdir:
Provide a default value for the internationalization
variables that are unset or null. (See the Base Definitions volume of
IEEE Std 1003.1-2001, 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.
On historical System V systems, the -p option also caused a message to be
written to the standard output. The message indicated whether the whole path
was removed or whether part of the path remained for some reason. The STDERR
section requires this diagnostic when the entire path specified by a
dir operand is not removed, but does not allow the status message
reporting success to be written as a diagnostic.
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 IEEE Std 1003.1-2001.
Portions of this text are reprinted and reproduced in electronic form from IEEE
Std 1003.1, 2003 Edition, Standard for Information Technology -- Portable
Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base Specifications Issue
6, Copyright (C) 2001-2003 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics
Engineers, Inc and The Open Group. In the event of any discrepancy between
this version and the original IEEE and The Open Group Standard, the original
IEEE and The Open Group Standard is the referee document. The original
Standard can be obtained online at http://www.opengroup.org/unix/online.html