Nathan Kinkade wrote: > On Wed, Feb 05, 2003 at 01:28:57PM -0500, Walter wrote: >> Leaving out the details, I need to know how to >>navigate directories and remove files that use non- >>printable characters in their names. du and ls show >>me they're there, but I can't figure out how to make >>cd work, or rm either. Fwiw, the non-printable char >>is \225. Lynx was not able to see the directory >>either, but maybe because it began with a ". " - >>I don't know. > > Generally, there are several things to try with difficult file names: > > 1) Try quoting the spuriously named files (try double and single) > 2) Add a ./ in front of the filename > 3) Try letting the shell expand the filename for you by typing the first > few characters and then pressing the Tab key. > 4) Trying escaping any unruly characters with a ``\"
Thanks, Nathan. I had tried 1 and 4 but they didn't work (at least the way I did them). I don't have a shell that expands file names, but I'll try 2 if it happens again. (I've zapped it all by starting at the parent directory.) There's probably someone who can explain why non- printable characters are useful in file names, but I'd really rather disallow them altogether - if there's a build option or control flag to set. Anyone? Walter To Unsubscribe: send mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] with "unsubscribe freebsd-questions" in the body of the message