DAve wrote:
Efren Bravo wrote:

Accidentally I've created a file called -exclude
and now I cann't delete it.

I tried with:

rm -exclude and rm *exclude but it returns this:

rm: illegal option -- -
usage: rm [-f | -i] [-dIPRrvW] file ...
       unlink file

How can I delete it?

You have probably found that anything you try errors because the shell thinks -e is a switch. The easiest way is to find the files inode number and delete the file using that.

director# ls -i
107008 .bash_history 107760 .login 107759 .mail_aliases 107764 .profile 107765 .shrc 107758 .cshrc 107761 .login_conf 107762 .mailrc 107763 .rhosts

then use find to remove the file.

director# find . -inum 107763 -exec rm -i {} \;
remove ./.rhosts? y

This works for all manner of funky file names. I had done that many times before, generally from not reading man pages and passing switches to programs that didn't expect it, or by piping commands incorrectly.


Chuck Swiger wrote:
> On Oct 20, 2006, at 9:21 AM, Efren Bravo wrote:
>> Accidentally I've created a file called -exclude
>> and now I cann't delete it.
> Try:
>   rm -- -exclude

See, just like I said. I got into trouble a long time ago by not reading man pages, and discovered I could delete by inode. I've done it that way from habit since.

*Had I read the man pages back then* I would have known about rm -- ;^)

I read all manner of man pages, README, CHANGES, and INSTALL docs now before I do anything new. John Polstra from SeaBug gently chided me into that habit until I caught on.


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logo change for Memorial Day. Why do they choose to do logos
for other non-international holidays, but nothing for

Maybe they forgot who made that choice possible.
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