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12.7 unlink: Remove files via the unlink syscall

unlink deletes a single specified file name. It is a minimalist interface to the system-provided unlink function. See section `Deleting Files' in The GNU C Library Reference Manual. Synopsis:

 
unlink filename

On some systems unlink can be used to delete the name of a directory. On others, it can be used that way only by a privileged user. In the GNU system unlink can never delete the name of a directory.

By default, unlink honors the `--help' and `--version' options. That makes it a little harder to remove files named --help and --version, so when the environment variable POSIXLY_CORRECT is set, unlink treats such a command line arguments not as an option, but as an operand.


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