rmdir — delete a directory
||const char *pathname
On success, zero is returned. On error, −1 is
errno is set
Write access to the directory containing
pathname was not allowed,
or one of the directories in the path prefix of
not allow search permission. (See also path_resolution(7).
currently in use by the system or some process that
prevents its removal. On Linux, this means
pathname is currently
used as a mount point or is the root directory of the
points outside your accessible address space.
. as last component.
Too many symbolic links were encountered in
A directory component in
pathname does not exist
or is a dangling symbolic link.
Insufficient kernel memory was available.
a component used as a directory in
pathname, is not, in
fact, a directory.
contains entries other than
.. ; or,
.. as its final component. POSIX.1
also allows EEXIST for
The directory containing
pathname has the sticky
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
The filesystem containing
pathname does not support
the removal of directories.
refers to a directory on a read-only filesystem.
Infelicities in the protocol underlying NFS can cause the unexpected disappearance of directories which are still being used.
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