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Old 04-17-2006, 04:19 AM   #1
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Can't delete a file that starts with -

I've somehow created a file that starts with a '-' and I can't seem to do anything to it. The file is "-backup_log.log", and everytime I try to delete it, move it, vi it, the command thinks it's a unrecognized flag:

# mv "-hm_backup_log.log" asdf.log
mv: invalid option -- h
Try `mv --help' for more information.
I've tried quotes, escaping the -, etc. Any ideas?
Old 04-17-2006, 04:25 AM   #2
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Iyou have mc installed use it to delete the file.
Old 04-17-2006, 04:39 AM   #3
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in case you do not have mc installed.

you can copy the file to a temp directory and delete the whole directory. use the absolute path. i just tried, it worked. if anyone has a easier method, please help..
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I guess that rm ./-hm_backup_log.log should solve your problem
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Originally Posted by guedellas
I guess that rm ./-hm_backup_log.log should solve your problem
Brilliant. I don't know why I didn't think of that. Thanks.


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