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Old 08-20-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
NotAComputerGuy
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Broken File Names


I've got a few file names that are broken.
Code:
ls
Shows this:
Code:
- - 200mph - Street - Race - ♛ - ✔ ~~★~SPECTACULR~TT~★~~ ✔  Isle_of_Man_TT-.mp4
But if I do the following or try do anything with that file I get this
Code:
ls *mp4
or
Code:
ls "- - 200mph - Street - Race - ♛ - ✔ ~~★~SPECTACULR~TT~★~~ ✔  Isle_of_Man_TT-.mp4"
I get this:
Code:
ls: invalid option -- ' '
Try `ls --help' for more information.
I'm grateful for any suggestions
 
Old 08-20-2013, 11:23 AM   #2
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Use -- to separate options from file names:
Code:
ls -- *mp4
# or
ls -- "- - 200mph - Street - Race - ♛ - ✔ ~~★~SPECTACULR~TT~★~~ ✔  Isle_of_Man_TT-.mp4"
 
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #3
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Use -- to separate options from file names:
Code:
ls -- *mp4
# or
ls -- "- - 200mph - Street - Race - ♛ - ✔ ~~★~SPECTACULR~TT~★~~ ✔  Isle_of_Man_TT-.mp4"
Thank you, it works. I didn't have any though options. I'm confused as to *why* it works?
 
Old 08-20-2013, 12:21 PM   #4
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I didn't have any though options. I'm confused as to *why* it works?
Your file started with a "-", anything starting with a "-" is an option. Another method is to name the file without a leading "-":

Code:
ls "./- - 200mph - Street - Race - ♛ - ✔ ~~★~SPECTACULR~TT~★~~ ✔  Isle_of_Man_TT-.mp4"
 
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