Purges (unlinks) one or more directories.
dir_name The name of the directory that is being
purged (required). The dir_name is assumed
to be an MPE name. HFS-named directories may
be purged if dir_name starts with a dot (.) or a
slash (/). If dir_name is an HFS name and ends in
a slash, then all objects at all levels under, and
including dir_name, will be purged, unless the
NOTREE option is specified. Wildcarding is
permitted. The dir_name cannot name root (/).
USENAME This default option indicates that dir_name alone
controls whether or not all levels of directories
and files are deleted. If dir_name is an HFS
name and ends in a slash (/), then it, and all
objects under it will be deleted. If dir_name
does not end in a slash (/), then only dir_name
will be purged, assuming it is empty.
USENAME only applies to HFS-named directories, and
is ignored for MPE-named directories.
TREE Causes all objects below and including dir_name to
be purged. The dir_name may or may not end in a
slash (/), with no error/warning reported. Since
the MPE naming convention does not support a
trailing slash (/), the TREE option is the only
way to delete a non-empty, MPE-named directory in
a single command.
NOTREE Causes dir_name only to be purged if it is empty.
If dir_name is an HFS name and ends in a slash
(/), a warning tells you that NOTREE overrides
the trailing slash (/).
CONFIRM Asks you to confirm the directory purge. CONFIRM
is the default for sessions and is ignored in jobs.
NOCONFIRM Causes the purge of dir_name (and all objects
under it for TREE purges) without the need to
prompt. NOCONFIRM is the default for jobs.
SHOW Displays to $STDLIST each file/directory under
dir_name that was purged. Directory names are
always displayed in an HFS syntax, even if the
name was specified as an MPE name.
SHOWERRORS Causes each lower-level error, which prevents an
object below dir_name from being deleted, to be
displayed on $STDLIST. The object (file or
directory) name is shown, followed by the error
message. By default lower-level errors are not displayed.
NOSHOWERRORS Suppresses the display of low-level errors.
NOSHOWERRORS is the default.
Purges the directory dir_name. The dir_name cannot name an MPE
account, an MPE group, a file, or root (/). Dot (.) and dot-dot
(..) can be specified, but cannot be purged.
By default PURGEDIR deletes an MPE-named directory. This means
that dir_name must follow all MPE naming rules, unless it is
prefixed with a dot (.) or a slash (/). Since the MPE name syntax
defines three levels, fully (or partially) qualified MPE-named
directories can only be created under MPE groups. Unqualified
MPE-named directories are created relative to the CWD.
Directories do not support lockwords, file equations, or system
defined filenames (e.g. $NEWPASS). If dir_name begins with a
dot (.) or a slash (/), then HFS naming rules are enforced.
The directory referenced by dir_name must be empty (except
for dot (.) and dot-dot (..)) in order to be purged, unless a
TREE purge is requested. A TREE purge may be requested as
Specify the TREE option (dir_name does not control a
multi-level purge in this case). This is the only choice
available if dir_name is an MPE name.
If dir_name is an HFS name, ends in a slash (/), and the
NOTREE option is not requested.
The dir_name cannot reference root (/) because purging root is
undesirable, and most likely is not what is intended.
A file or directory will not be deleted if it is being accessed
(opened); however, all non-accessed objects under dir_name will
still be purged. A final "IN USE" error indicates that dir_name
was not deleted because one or more children objects could not
If CONFIRM is specified and your session is interactive, then you
are prompted to confirm the purge of dir_name. This prompt
occurs before any validation of dir_name is performed. If a
NOTREE purge is requested, the following prompt is displayed:
DIRECTORY dir_name TO BE PURGED? (YES/NO)
Valid responses are: ``YES'', ``Y'', ``NO'', ``N''
(case insensitive). If a ``TREE'' purge is requested, the prompt
PURGE ALL FILES BELOW AND INCLUDING dir_name? (ALL/NO)
Valid responses are: ``ALL'', ``NO'', ``N'' (case insensitive).
The following examples purge "dir1", which is empty.
The following examples purge "dir1" and below.
Commands: CHDIR, LISTFILE, NEWDIR, PURGE, PURGEGROUP, PURGEUSER