Perl 5 version 8.3 documentation


  • unlink LIST
  • unlink

    Deletes a list of files. Returns the number of files successfully deleted.

    1. $cnt = unlink 'a', 'b', 'c';
    2. unlink @goners;
    3. unlink <*.bak>;

    Note: unlink will not delete directories unless you are superuser and the -U flag is supplied to Perl. Even if these conditions are met, be warned that unlinking a directory can inflict damage on your filesystem. Use rmdir instead.

    If LIST is omitted, uses $_ .