Removing Files Starting With —

I encountered an interesting problem today. I created a file called –verbose (obviously I passed the argument incorrectly) but trying to remove it more of an issue.

Typing rm -f --verbose makes the command rm think it’s a parameter rather than a file.

In the end I used an SFTP connection to remove the file.

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4 Responses to Removing Files Starting With —

  1. higuita says:

    do rm — –verbose

    all posix apps should see the — as the “end of options” , so all other -* should be taken as literal to the command

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