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LFC-RM(1) LFC User Commands LFC-RM(1)


lfc-rm - remove LFC files or directories in the name server


lfc-rm [-a] [-f] [-i] filename...

lfc-rm [-f] [-i] -r dirname...


lfc-rm removes LFC files or directories in the name server. For directories either -r or -R must be present. For regular files, it calls lfc_unlink while for directories, it calls lfc_rmdir.

This requires write permission in the parent directory and the file itself. If write permission on an entry is denied, the standard input is a terminal and the -f option is not given, the prompt "override write protection" appears and if the response is not y, the entry is not deleted. Entries directly under a protected directory are never deleted.

specifies the LFC pathname. If path does not start with /, it is prefixed by the content of the LFC_HOME environment variable.


The following options are supported:
Remove the metadata information about a file and the metadata information about the replicas that it may have. Remember that this is a metadata-only operation, it does not remove the replicas physically from the disk. Removing metadata entries about replicas without removing the replicas from the disks leads to non-reachable files on disk. Applies only to files, not directories.
Do not give an error message if the file/directory does not exist.
Request acknowledge before removing each individual entry.
Recursive mode (equivalent to -r).
Recursive mode.


This program returns 0 if the operation was successful or >0 if the operation failed.


Castor_limits(4), lfc_rmdir(3), lfc_unlink(3)


LCG Grid Deployment Team
$Date: 2011/11/04 11:57:00 $ LFC