File::Remove - Remove files and directories


File::Remove - Remove files and directories


    use File::Remove qw(remove);
    # removes (without recursion) several files
    remove qw( *.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 *~ );
    # trashes (with support for undeleting later) several files
    trash qw( *~ );


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.


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 arguemnt 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.

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 remove.

Removes files and directories, with support for undeleting later. Accepts an optional ``other platforms'' hashref, passing the remaining arguments to remove.
Requires the Win32::FileOp manpage.

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

Requires the Mac::Glue manpage.

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.


See for the up-to-date bug listing.


Taken over by Adam Kennedy <>, to fix the ``deep readonly files'' bug, and do some more cleaning up.

Taken over by Richard Soderberg <>, so as to port it to the File::Spec manpage and add tests.

Original copyright: (c) 1998 by Gabor Egressy, <>.

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

 File::Remove - Remove files and directories