gfal-rm - Man Page

Remove files or directories


gfal-rm [ OPTION ]... FILE...


gfal-rm Removes each specified file or directory. By default, it does not remove directories. To delete a directory, --recursiv needs to be given, in which case all given directories are removed too along with all their contents.


-h,  --help

show help about the command.

-V,  --version

output version information and exit.

-v,  --verbose

verbose mode. Repeat up to 3 times for the most verbose mode.

-D,  --definition DEFINITION

define properties for gfal2. Definitions have the following syntax: "CONFIG_GROUP:KEY=VALUE"

-t,  --timeout TIMEOUT

global timeout for the execution of the command. Command is interrupted if time expires before it finishes. Note: A grace period of 30 seconds is given to the global timeout.

-E,  --cert CERT

user certificate. (This option takes effect only after X509_USER_PROXY environment variable and default /tmp/x509up_u`id -u` location cannot provide a certificate)

--key KEY

user private key.


forces Gfal2 to use IPv4 addresses only. (Option valid only for GridFTP protocol)


forces Gfal2 to use IPv6 addresses only. (Option valid only for GridFTP protocol)

-C,  --client-info CLIENT_INFO

provide custom client-side information.

--log-file LOG_FILE

write Gfal2 library logs to the given file location.

-r,  -R,  --recursive

remove directories and their contents recursively.


print what would have happened without any actual change.


do not perform any check on the file prior to delete. (Needed to delete HTTP signed URLs)

--from-file FROM_FILE

read SURLs from a file.


perform bulk deletion.





-r srm://



All configuration files in this directory affect the behavior of the underlying gfal2.


Duarte Meneses <>
Adrien Devresse <>
Alejandro Alvarez Ayllon <>
Andrea Manzi <>
Mihai Patrascoiu <>
Joao Lopes <>

See Also

gfal-cat(1), gfal-chmod(1), gfal-copy(1), gfal-ls(1), gfal-mkdir(1), gfal-rename(1), gfal-rm(1), gfal-save(1), gfal-stat(1), gfal-sum(1), gfal-token(1), gfal-xattr(1), gfal-evict(1), gfal-bringonline(1), gfal-archivepoll(1)

Referenced By

gfal-archivepoll(1), gfal-bringonline(1), gfal-cat(1), gfal-chmod(1), gfal-copy(1), gfal-evict(1), gfal-ls(1), gfal-mkdir(1), gfal-rename(1), gfal-save(1), gfal-stat(1), gfal-sum(1), gfal-token(1), gfal-xattr(1).

March 2022 v1.7.1