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

Hi

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

Thanks
Sarbjit
# 2  
Old 08-27-2009
Code:
rm -r -- -a

# 3  
Old 08-27-2009
Thanks

Quote:
Originally Posted by radoulov
Code:
rm -r -- -a

It works.

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

Thanks
# 4  
Old 08-27-2009
Quote:
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:

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

              rm -- -foo

              rm ./-foo

 

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