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# 1  
Old 07-17-2001
Removing Files

I am trying to remove a file so that I can delete a directory. Unfortuantely the file looks like this --------.--- and the system is not allowing me to remove the file. System message is
rm: Error: Illegal option -- -
usage: rm [-fiRr] file...
I have tried rm * and rm *.* to no avail.
Any Suggestions?
# 2  
Old 07-17-2001
Try giving the entire path name... For example, to remove --------.--- in the /var/tmp/old directory, you would type:

rm /var/tmp/old/--------.---

If you prefer, you can add a "--" before the file, to tell rm that everything after this is to be taken literally:

cd /var/tmp/old
rm -- --------.---

If that doesn't work for some reason, try escaping the file:

cd /var/tmp/old
rm ./\--------.---

And if THAT doesn't work either, post back to let me know I'm mistaken Smilie
# 3  
Old 07-17-2001
If you are going to delete a directory you can use..

rm -r directoryname

then it deletes all files in the dir also..

caution though, there is no "are you sure" questions....
# 4  
Old 07-17-2001
I had to have a go at this, so I tried using "rm -riv [parentdir]"
It will descend and ask for confirmation before deletion of each file. I had no problems removing the testfile....

$ rm -riv test
rm: descend into directory `test'? y
removing all entries of directory test
rm: remove `test/foo'? n
rm: remove `test/foo1'? n
rm: remove `test/foo4'? n
rm: remove `test/foo2'? n
rm: remove `test/--------.---'? y
removing test/--------.---
rm: remove `test/foo3'? n
rm: remove directory `test' (might be nonempty)? n

HAHA, I just reread the original post, I though you just wanted to remove the file, and keep the rest of the directory..... still may come in handy for someone....

Last edited by ghoti; 07-17-2001 at 01:18 PM..
# 5  
Old 07-17-2001
Perhaps you have to log in as the root.
# 6  
Old 07-17-2001
Response to Removing Files

Thanks so much for your responses, what a great board this is.
I took the easy way out and took nick30 advice and used 'rm -r filename', which worked a treat. Thanks for all your responses.Smilie
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