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Old 12-04-2007
plz help me...

unfortunately...i created directory with name "-rf"
but now am unable to remove it.
# 2  
Old 12-04-2007
my first thought is:

rmdir "-rf"

as long as you use the quotes you should be good.

other thought is just to use a path...

rmdir ./-rf

rmdir ?rf

Last edited by robsonde; 12-04-2007 at 02:33 AM..
# 3  
Old 12-04-2007

rm -- -rf

# 4  
Old 12-04-2007
From the man page of "rm":

The rm command uses getopt(3) to parse its arguments, which allows it to
accept the `--' option which will cause it to stop processing flag
options at that point. This will allow the removal of file names that
begin with a dash (`-'). For example:
rm -- -filename
The same behavior can be obtained by using an absolute or relative path
reference. For example:
rm /home/user/-filename
rm ./-filename
The "rmdir" command follows the same convention. So you should use "rmdir -- -rf" or "rmdir ./-rf".
# 5  
Old 12-04-2007
it's nor working...

this is the result of rmdir "-rf"
rmdir: illegal option -- r
rmdir: illegal option -- f
Usage: rmdir [-ps] dirname ...
# 6  
Old 12-04-2007
it's solved...

rmdir -- -rf
is working ...thank u...
# 7  
Old 12-04-2007
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