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Old 04-08-2005, 06:52 PM   #1
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Escaping "-" at the beginning of a file!

I'm trying to cp a file that begins with a "-".
But if I try to escape it by doing
cp \-\ blahblah.txt /var/ftp/
I get an error from cp saying I passed an illegal operation. I also tried doing
cp '- blahblah.txt' /var/ftp/
but to no avail. I'm using bash btw.

Any help?

Old 04-08-2005, 06:56 PM   #2
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Use '--' (dash dash) to signify the end of options, as in:

cp -- -this that
Old 04-08-2005, 06:58 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks! That worked.


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