|-p||Each directory argument is treated as a pathname of which all components will be removed, if they are empty, starting with the last most component. (See rm(1) for fully non-discriminant recursive removal.)|
|-v||Be verbose, listing each directory as it is removed.|
The rmdir utility exits with one of the following values:
0 Each directory entry specified by a directory operand referred to an empty directory and was removed successfully. >0 An error occurred.
Remove the directory foobar, if it is empty:
$ rmdir foobar
Remove all directories up to and including cow, stopping at the first non-empty directory (if any):
$ rmdir -p cow/horse/monkey
The rmdir utility is expected to be -p1003.2 compatible.
A rmdir command appeared in AT&T v1 .