[CentOS] command line escaping a dash

Hakan Koseoglu hakan.koseoglu at gmail.com
Mon Oct 20 15:09:43 UTC 2008


Hi Craig,

Craig White wrote:
> I cannot figure this out...
> 
> I would like to change the owner of a bunch of folders whose name begins
> with a dash...

When you are using shell commands, if you use double-dash, you don't 
need to escape it.

[root at red ~]# mkdir -- "-test"
[root at red ~]# chown oracle -- -test
[root at red ~]# ls -ld -- -test
drwxr-xr-x  2 oracle root 4096 Oct 20 16:01 -test

-- stops the commands continuing the parsing the parameters as options.

Cheers,

Hakan


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