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Could you also use quotes around the filename, rather than the full path?
I am fuzzy on this...My comment is based on a situation posted here some months ago. The only solution that I could think of was using the full path.
I think it depends on what funny character gets into the funny filename...let's say you have a character that looks like an option to a command like mv or cp. Quoting won't help--because that only protects the funny character from bash.
Ok, here's one:
This creates the file "-R" in somedir. Now go into somedir and try to make a copy.
Neither single nor double quotes will work in my example. The key is that "-R" has special meaning to the cp command. any kind of quotes simply serves to insure that the "-R" gets to the cp command without bash interfering.