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Old 11-28-2010, 02:30 AM   #1
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Filename beginning with left bracket: file cannot be erased.

Kernel, Slackware 12.0

I saved a page from Linuxquestions. It was saved under a filename beginning with '[' (left square bracket). And I now can't delete the file. Unfortunately I cannot send you a screenshot because opening a terminal in the GUI makes ls behave differently. I shall try to describe, assuming the file is in dir '.'. Also let '[SOLVED]foo.html' be the file in question:
$ ls
<the file is listed>
$ ls [*
/bin/ls: cannot access [*: No such file or directory
If I want the hdd to get rid of this file, what should I do? Any hint will be welcome.

EDIT: my mistake. I got confused. The file has just been erased: 'rm -r [*'.

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Old 11-28-2010, 02:54 AM   #2
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For what it's worth, you could also have removed it by escaping the bracket, i.e. "rm \[...".
Old 11-28-2010, 03:00 AM   #3
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Yes, I tried that too. Only I was trying in the wrong directory! But, as I always have trouble distinguishing regexps from expresions to be interpreted by the shell, your observation is valuable, as I can now apply it as a general rule. Regards.


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