Write access to the directory containing
pathname was not allowed, or one of the directories in the path prefix of
pathname did not allow search permission.
pathname is currently in use by the system or some process that prevents its
On Linux this means
pathname is currently used as a mount point
or is the root directory of the calling process.
pathname points outside your accessible address space.
. as last component.
Too many symbolic links were encountered in resolving
pathname was too long.
A directory component in
pathname does not exist or is a dangling symbolic link.
Insufficient kernel memory was available.
pathname, or a component used as a directory in
pathname, is not, in fact, a directory.
pathname contains entries other than
. and .. ; or,
.. as its final component.
POSIX.1-2001 also allows
EEXIST for this condition.
The directory containing
pathname has the sticky bit
(S_ISVTX) set and the processs effective user ID is neither the user ID
of the file to be deleted nor that of the directory containing it,
and the process is not privileged (Linux: does not have the
The file system containing
pathname does not support the removal of directories.
pathname refers to a directory on a read-only file system.