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Re: Removing files

From: Chet Ramey
Subject: Re: Removing files
Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 09:41:20 -0500

> I am not sure who the correct person to send this to is, but here goes...
> The other day I was removing a file with the name "-I". I could not use
> "rm -I" for obvious reasons. But when I did "rm *", it still treated the
> file as a parameter. To me, this does not seem right. Please correct me if
> I am wrong.

How can `rm' distinguish between a file named `-I' and an option argument?
Since the shell does pathname expansion, rm cannot tell what arguments were
the result of that expansion.

``The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.'' - Chaucer
( ``Discere est Dolere'' -- chet)

Chet Ramey, CWRU    address@hidden    http://cnswww.cns.cwru.edu/~chet/

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