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Re: removing a file...linux

From: David T-G
Subject: Re: removing a file...linux
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002 06:14:04 -0400
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Allan --

...and then Allan Apellanes said...
% hello,


% i can't seem to remove this file due to the "-" as first character. i've
% tried all combo...i.e rm -f 
% i've tried rm -d <directory> and other things....do you have any
% suggestions? 

Yes.  This is an old trick question :-)

1) RTFM to see how to tell rm to stop processing options and thus remove
a file starting with a dash.  It's right there in the man page.

2) Make sure that something (like, oh, say, a path) is in front of the
hyphen so that it can't be confused for an argument.  Hey, that's right
there in the man page, too.

% here's the filename below:
% -9DS3U-ppp-summary

I'll let you think about this to see if you come up with the answer on
your own.  Let us know :-)

% thanks,
% allan


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