How to delete folder name is "-rlt"

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Old 09-05-2009
How to delete folder name is "-rlt"

Hi all

I cannot delete folder name is "-lrt".

drwxr-xr-x   2  sysadmin  sysadmin        2 Sep  5 15:52 -rlt
rm -r *rlt
rm: illegal option -- l
rm: illegal option -- t
usage: rm [-fiRr] file ...
rm -r "-rlt"
rm: illegal option -- l
rm: illegal option -- t
usage: rm [-fiRr] file ...
rm -r "\-rlt"
\-rlt: No such file or directory

Please help me delete it
# 2  
Old 09-05-2009
This should work:
rm -r -- -rlt

or this:
rm -r ./-rlt

# 3  
Old 09-05-2009
Thank you Scrutinizer.
# 4  
Old 09-05-2009
find . -type d -name '*rlt' | xargs rmdir

# 5  
Old 09-05-2009
What you can do for those really crazy filenames is use the inode number:
# ls -i
297486 file
# find . -inum 297486 -exec rm -rf {} \;

# 6  
Old 09-05-2009

This problem come because the directory name has a starting minus sign in the name, and all the command line arguments starting with minus sign (e.g., -anything ) are treated as "switches". Switches are command line options. That is why the command responds by saying 'illegal option' (see your output). And there is no filename/directory left in the arguments list, so it says 'so such file or directory' .

The simplest get solution is to use './' before filename/directory name. i.e.

rm ./filename
rm -r ./directory/

Hope this is useful.
# 7  
Old 09-05-2009
another way around the switches is the same as files with spaces in the names.

rm -r 'name'
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