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Old 01-08-2008
Question Removing a file from a directory

How do you remove a file named '-'? ('rm' does not work)
# 2  
Old 01-08-2008
MySQL removal of file "-"

Try the below command :

find . -type f -name "-" -exec rm {} \;

I have tried and it worked.
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Old 01-08-2008
Try this

ls -i -

find . -inum <<<inodenumber>>> -exec rm -i {} \;
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Old 01-08-2008
or more simply:

rm -- -

will work.

the double hyphen is useful for several commands; it basically informs that there are no more switches, but to treat the rest of input as args
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Old 05-02-2008
i m assuming, you are trying to remove '-'
rm -rf "'-'"
and if you are trying to remove -
rm -rf "-"

Last edited by hasanatizaz; 05-03-2008 at 03:34 AM..
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Old 05-22-2008
anyone knows wat wil happen if you accidentally do "rm ~" ??
anyone here has encountered disaster?!!
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