recdel - Man Page

remove records from a recfile


recdel [OPTIONS]... [-t TYPE] [-n NUM | -e RECORD_EXPR | -q STR | -m NUM] [FILE]


Remove (or comment out) records from a rec file.

-c,  --comment

comment out the matching records instead of deleting them.


delete even in potentially dangerous situations, and if the deletion is violating record restrictions.


don't use external descriptors.


give a detailed report if the integrity check fails.


print a help message and exit.


show version and exit.

Record selection options

-i,  --case-insensitive

make strings case-insensitive in selection expressions.

-t,  --type=TYPE

operate on records of the specified type only.

-e,  --expression=RECORD_EXPR

selection expression.

-q,  --quick=STR

select records with fields containing a string.

-n,  --number=NUM,...

select specific records by position, with ranges.

-m,  --random=NUM

select a given number of random records.

If no FILE is specified then the command acts like a filter, getting the data from standard input and writing the result to standard output.


Written by Jose E. Marchesi.

Reporting Bugs

Report bugs to:
GNU recutils home page: <>
General help using GNU software: <>

See Also

The full documentation for recdel is maintained as a Texinfo manual.  If the info and recdel programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info recutils

should give you access to the complete manual.


April 2022 recdel 1.9