rmdir - delete a directory
int rmdir(const char
rmdir() deletes a directory, which must be empty.
On success, zero is returned. On error, -1 is returned, and
errno is set appropriately.
Write access to the directory containing
pathname was not
allowed, or one of the directories in the path prefix of
pathname did not allow search permission. (See also
pathname is currently in use by the system or some process
that prevents its removal. On Linux, this means
currently used as a mount point or is the root directory of the calling
pathname points outside your accessible address space.
. as last component.
Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving
pathname was too long.
A directory component in
pathname does not exist or is a
dangling symbolic link.
Insufficient kernel memory was available.
pathname, or a component used as a directory in
pathname, is not, in fact, a directory.
pathname contains entries other than
.. ; or,
.. as its final
component. POSIX.1 also allows EEXIST for this
The directory containing
pathname has 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_FOWNER capability).
The filesystem containing
pathname does not support the
removal of directories.
pathname refers to a directory on a read-only
POSIX.1-2001, POSIX.1-2008, SVr4, 4.3BSD.
Infelicities in the protocol underlying NFS can cause the unexpected disappearance of directories which are still being used.
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