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I assume that deleting a file via Finder also deletes any previous versions in /.DocumentRevisions-V100 that are attached to that file.

But what's happening if a file is deleted in Terminal with the rm command? Are previous versions left behind or do they actually get deleted, too?

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rm just deletes the file(s) specified on the command line. So if you need to delete additonal files from /.DocumentRevisions-V100 you need to delete them explicitely as well.

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