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Old 09-15-2004, 10:51 AM   #1
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Can't delete directory with space in name

After extracting a tar file that created a directory with a space in the name (New Directory) I cannot delete that directory. The command returns a message that the directory does not exist. I've tried rmdir New, rmdir Directory, rmdir NewDirectory, rmdir New_Directory, and of course, rmdir New Directory. Nothing works. I can delete it from the GUI, but not from the CLI. Any ideas (yes, I'm interested to know how to do it from the CLI even though I can do it from the GUI--I've just GOT to know )??
Old 09-15-2004, 10:54 AM   #2
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rm New\ Directory

Old 09-15-2004, 10:56 AM   #3
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space is ignored by commands as interpreted as end of file. to remove file "Space Between.txt" use:

rm Space\ Between.txt
p.s I thought I might draw your attention to tab completion. type the first few letters of the file/directory name hit tab and the name will be completed. If multiple files/directories with same beginning letters exist tapping tab twice will show a list of matching files

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Old 09-15-2004, 10:57 AM   #4
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Thank you!!!!!!


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