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rmdir - delete an empty directory


The rmdir() system call deletes an empty directory. The directory must be empty, and the calling process must have the necessary permissions to delete it. It is possible to use relative pathnames to remove directories that are not in the current working directory.

The rmdir() system call is often used to remove a parent directory that contains a now-unneeded subdirectory. For example, if an application creates a subdirectory "foo" under "/tmp", it should call rmdir() on "/tmp/foo" as soon as the subdirectory is no longer needed.


  • pathname:const char* - The pathname of the directory to delete.

Available Tags

  • K - Originated from kernel-space.






To inspect when an empty directory is deleted.

Example Use Case

Using rmdir in order to remove a directory created by an application after it is no longer needed.


The rmdir system call will fail if the directory is not empty. Furthermore, it will not delete directories that contain files that have been unlinked, but are still open.

  • unlink: to delete a file from a directory.
  • rename: to rename or move a directory.

This document was automatically generated by OpenAI and needs review. It might not be accurate and might contain errors. The authors of Tracee recommend that the user reads the "events.go" source file to understand the events and their arguments better.