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Dealing With Strange Filenames

Nov 23, 2009, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"However, if you think about what this actually does, it still won't work. The shell will see the escape, remove it, and pass plain -file into rm; so you run straight into the same problem. What you need is an escape sequence for rm itself, not for the shell.

"There are two ways around this. The first one is to use --, which is used by many commands to indicate the end of the options. If you'd created a directory called -test and wanted to remove that directory and everything in it, this command line would work:"

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