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Old 10-07-2008, 03:25 PM   #1
erick.szekely
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echo hello > -f (how do i delete it)


how do i delete a file when it was created like this,
my instructor had us create it and now we have to delete it
 
Old 10-07-2008, 03:29 PM   #2
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Asking for help with schoolwork isn't allowed.
 
Old 10-07-2008, 03:40 PM   #3
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its not school work
the test is over and now i want to know how to do it
 
Old 10-07-2008, 03:55 PM   #4
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Why not ask your teacher?
 
Old 10-07-2008, 05:36 PM   #5
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Try:

rm -- -f

The trick is the "--" after the rm command.
 
Old 10-08-2008, 11:06 AM   #6
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You can do:
Code:
rm -- -f
(as stated above) or
Code:
rm "-f"
or
Code:
rm \-f
In the first case, the '--' tells the initial command, rm, that there are no more switches for it and what follows is a file name.

In the second, you're using simple double-quote enclosure of the file name.

In the last, you're using the backslash character to escape the special meaning of the '-' so that the shell sees it as just a printable character with no special significance.
 
Old 10-08-2008, 11:44 AM   #7
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thanks so very much!!
 
  


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