remove man page


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remove — remove a file


#include <stdio.h>

int remove(const char *path);


The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.1‐2008 defers to the ISO C standard.

The remove() function shall cause the file named by the pathname pointed to by path to be no longer accessible by that name. A subsequent attempt to open that file using that name shall fail, unless it is created anew.

If path does not name a directory, remove(path) shall be equivalent to unlink(path).

If path names a directory, remove(path) shall be equivalent to rmdir(path).

Return Value

Refer to rmdir() or unlink().


Refer to rmdir() or unlink().

The following sections are informative.


Removing Access to a File

The following example shows how to remove access to a file named /home/cnd/old_mods.

#include <stdio.h>

int status;
status = remove("/home/cnd/old_mods");

Application Usage




Future Directions


See Also

rmdir(), unlink()

The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.1‐2008, <stdio.h>


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