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Removes an attribute from an object


ProductCommand type
ClearCasecleartool subcommand
ClearCase LTcleartool subcommand



rmattr [ –c·omment comment | –cfi·le comment-file-pname | –cq·uery
| –cqe·ach | –nc·omment ]
{ [ –ver·sion version-selector ]
[ –pna·me ] attribute-type-selector pname ...
| attribute-type-selector object-selector ... }


The rmattr command removes one or more attributes from VOB-database objects. Attributes can be attached to objects by the mkattr command and by triggers (mktrtype –mkattr). See the mkattr reference page for a list of objects to which attributes can be attached.

rmattr deletes an instance of an attribute type object. To delete the attribute type object itself or to delete the type object and all its instances, use the rmtype command.



You must have one of the following identities:

  • Element owner
  • Element group member
  • Object owner
  • Object group member
  • VOB owner
  • root (UNIX)
  • Member of the ClearCase administrators group (ClearCase on Windows)
  • Local administrator of the ClearCase LT server host (ClearCase LT on Windows)


An error occurs if one or more of these objects are locked: VOB, element type, element, branch type, branch, object type, object, attribute type.


(Replicated VOBs only) If the attribute's type is unshared, your current replica must master the attribute type. If the attribute's type is shared, your current replica must master the object whose attribute you are removing.


Event Records and Comments

Creates one or more event records, with commenting controlled by your .clearcase_profile file (default: –nc). See the comments reference page. Comments can be edited with chevent.

–c·omment comment | –cfi·le comment-file-pname |–cq·uery | –cqe·ach | –nc·omment
Overrides the default with the option you specify. See the comments reference page.

Specifying the Attribute to Be Removed


An existing attribute type. Specify attribute-type-selector in the form [attype:]type-name[@vob-selector]
type-name Name of the attribute type
vob-selector Object-selector for a VOB, in the form [vob:]pname-in-vob. The pname-in-vob can be the pathname of the VOB tag (whether or not the VOB is mounted) or of any file system object within the VOB (if the VOB is mounted).

Specifying an Object


pname ...
One or more pathnames, indicating file system objects from which attributes are to be removed. If you don't use the –version option:
  • A standard or view-extended pathname to an element specifies the version in the view.

  • A VOB-extended pathname specifies an element, branch, or version—independent of view.

See the mkattr reference page for examples of pname arguments.

Indicates that pname is a pathname. You must use this option if pname has the form of an object selector.

–ver·sion version-selector
Specifies the version from which the attribute is to be removed. See the version_selector reference page for syntax details.

object-selector ...
One or more names of non-file-system objects from which attributes are to be removed. Specify object-selector in one of the following forms:
vob-selector vob:pname-in-vob
  pname-in-vob can be the pathname of the VOB tag (whether or not the VOB is mounted) or of any file system object within the VOB (if the VOB is mounted). It cannot be the pathname of the VOB storage directory.
attribute-type-selector attype:type-name[@vob-selector]
branch-type-selector brtype:type-name[@vob-selector]
element-type-selector eltype:type-name[@vob-selector]
hyperlink-type-selector hltype:type-name[@vob-selector]
label-type-selector lbtype:type-name[@vob-selector]
trigger-type-selector trtype:type-name[@vob-selector]
pool-selector pool:pool-name[@vob-selector]
hlink-selector hlink:hlink-id[@vob-selector]
oid-obj-selector oid:object-oid[@vob-selector]
The following object selector is valid only if you use MultiSite:
replica-selector replica:replica-name[@vob-selector]


The UNIX examples in this section are written for use in csh. If you use another shell, you may need to use different quoting and escaping conventions.

The Windows examples that include wildcards or quoting are written for use in cleartool interactive mode. If you use cleartool single-command mode, you may need to change the wildcards and quoting to make your command interpreter process the command appropriately.

In cleartool single-command mode, cmd-context represents the UNIX shell or Windows command interpreter prompt, followed by the cleartool command. In cleartool interactive mode, cmd-context represents the interactive cleartool prompt.

  • Remove the Confidence_Level attribute from the version of msg.c in the view.

    cmd-context  rmattr Confidence_Level msg.c 
    Removed attribute "Confidence_Level" from "msg.c@@/main/1".

  • Remove the attribute TESTED from the most recent version of hello.h on the main branch that has the attribute value "FALSE".

    cmd-context  rmattr –version '\main\{TESTED=="FALSE"}' TESTED hello.h 
    Removed attribute "TESTED" from "hello.h@@\main\2".

  • Remove the Responsible attribute from the main branch of hello.c.

    cmd-context  rmattr Responsible hello.c@@/main 
    Removed attribute "Responsible" from "hello.c@@/main".

  • Remove the Author attribute from a hyperlink of type DesignDoc.

    cmd-context  rmattr Author hlink:DesignDoc@393@\users_hw
    Removed attribute "Author" from "DesignDoc@393@\users_hw".



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