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Old 08-27-2009
Unable to remove folder in linux


I am using red hat linux, In my folder a strange folder is created i.e. " -a " , folder name is preceded with hyphen. Now if i try to remove with rm -rf -1 , i am unable to do it.
Can anyone please let me know how to do it, & what this kind of folder means

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Old 08-27-2009
rm -r -- -a

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Old 08-27-2009

Originally Posted by radoulov
rm -r -- -a

It works.

Can you please tell me what that folder means? and the code you provided its explanation

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Old 08-27-2009
Originally Posted by sarbjit
It works.

Can you please tell me what that folder means? and the code you provided its explanation
I don't know what that folder means ...
The leading dash in the filename confuses the rm program so you need double-dash to indicate the end of the options.
From man rm on my Cygwin:

       To remove a file whose name starts with a `-', for example `-foo', use  one  of  these  com-

              rm -- -foo

              rm ./-foo

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