File::Remove(3)       User Contributed Perl Documentation      File::Remove(3)

       File::Remove - Remove files and directories

       version 1.58

           use File::Remove 'remove';

           # removes (without recursion) several files
           remove( '*.c', '*.pl' );

           # removes (with recursion) several directories
           remove( \1, qw{directory1 directory2} );

           # removes (with recursion) several files and directories
           remove( \1, qw{file1 file2 directory1 *~} );

           # removes without globbing:
           remove( \1, {glob => 0}, '*');

           # trashes (with support for undeleting later) several files
           trash( '*~' );

       File::Remove::remove removes files and directories.  It acts like
       /bin/rm, for the most part.  Although "unlink" can be given a list of
       files, it will not remove directories; this module remedies that.  It
       also accepts wildcards, * and ?, as arguments for filenames.

       File::Remove::trash accepts the same arguments as remove, with the
       addition of an optional, infrequently used "other platforms" hashref.

       version 1.58

       Removes files and directories.  Directories are removed recursively
       like in rm -rf if the first argument is a reference to a scalar that
       evaluates to true.  If the first argument is a reference to a scalar,
       then it is used as the value of the recursive flag.  By default it's
       false so only pass \1 to it.

       If the next argument is a hash reference then it is a key/values of
       options.  Currently, there is one supported option of "'glob' => 0"
       which prevents globbing. E.g:

           remove(\1, {glob => 0}, '*');

       Will not remove files globbed by '*' and will only remove the file
       called asterisk if it exists.

       In list context it returns a list of files/directories removed, in
       scalar context it returns the number of files/directories removed.  The
       list/number should match what was passed in if everything went well.

       Just calls remove.  It's there for people who get tired of typing

       The "clear" function is a version of "remove" designed for use in test
       scripts. It takes a list of paths that it will both initially delete
       during the current test run, and then further flag for deletion at END-
       time as a convenience for the next test run.

       Removes files and directories, with support for undeleting later.
       Accepts an optional "other platforms" hashref, passing the remaining
       arguments to remove.

           Requires Win32::FileOp.

           Installation not actually enforced on Win32 yet, since
           Win32::FileOp has badly failing dependencies at time of writing.

       OS X
           Requires Mac::Glue.

       Other platforms
           The first argument to trash() must be a hashref with two keys,
           'rmdir' and 'unlink', each referencing a coderef.  The coderefs
           will be called with the filenames that are to be deleted.

       DO NOT USE. Kept for legacy.

       DO NOT USE. Kept for legacy.

       Bugs should always be submitted via the CPAN bug tracker


       For other issues, contact the maintainer.

       Adam Kennedy <>

       Taken over by Shlomi Fish (<>) while
       disclaiming all rights and placing his modifications under

       Some parts copyright 2006 - 2012 Adam Kennedy.

       Taken over by Adam Kennedy <> to fix the "deep readonly
       files" bug, and do some package cleaning.

       Some parts copyright 2004 - 2005 Richard Soderberg.

       Taken over by Richard Soderberg <> to port it to
       File::Spec and add tests.

       Original copyright: 1998 by Gabor Egressy, <>.

       This program is free software; you can redistribute and/or modify it
       under the same terms as Perl itself.

       Shlomi Fish <>

       This software is copyright (c) 1998 by Gabor Egressy.

       This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
       the same terms as the Perl 5 programming language system itself.

       Please report any bugs or feature requests on the bugtracker website
       <> or by email to <>.

       When submitting a bug or request, please include a test-file or a patch
       to an existing test-file that illustrates the bug or desired feature.

       You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

         perldoc File::Remove

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   Bugs / Feature Requests
       Please report any bugs or feature requests by email to "bug-file-remove
       at", or through the web interface at
       <>. You
       will be automatically notified of any progress on the request by the

   Source Code
       The code is open to the world, and available for you to hack on. Please
       feel free to browse it and play with it, or whatever. If you want to
       contribute patches, please send me a diff or prod me to pull from your
       repository :)


         git clone git://

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