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Old 09-13-2011
removing file with bad characters

I have the following files in the same directory but if you look at the od
output you can see one of the files has and "\n" as part of the file
name.

Is there a way I can only remove the file with the "\n" as part of the
file name without affecting the other file.

I was thinking about rm -i but how would I know if this the correct file?
Maybe a ls command to verify I have the correct file and than I can use rm with the same syntax?

Thanks to all who answer


Code:
$ ls temp01.dbf*
temp01.dbf   temp01.dbf
 
$ ls temp01.dbf* | od -c
0000000   t   e   m   p   0   1   .   d   b   f  \n   t   e   m   p   0
0000020   1   .   d   b   f  \n  \n
0000027

# 2  
Old 09-13-2011
Could you do a long listing of these files? (ls -al) for us to understand a bit
# 3  
Old 09-13-2011
Nevertheless if it is an extra char, you could rename the first one without any trouble:
Code:
mv temp01.dbf temp01_dbf.save
rm temp01.dbf*
mv temp01_dbf.save temp01.dbf

No?

Last edited by vbe; 09-13-2011 at 11:35 AM..
# 4  
Old 09-13-2011
Actually I figured it out thanks for your response

find . -name "temp01.dbf*" -mtime +5 -exec rm {} ";"
# 5  
Old 09-13-2011
Well what puzzles me is "How" it was done...
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