[CentOS] Re: has something happened to grep

Fri May 16 16:09:34 UTC 2008
Tony Mountifield <tony at softins.clara.co.uk>

In article <482D8875.1050709 at pagestation.com>,
Jerry Geis <geisj at pagestation.com> wrote:
> > Do you have a file name that starts with a "-" in your directory?
> >
> > Mogens
> Yes I do actually. There is a -f filename of which I dont need.
> I tried rm *f and it is not removing it. No what?

Ouch! That may well have deleted any other files with a name ending in f,
while leaving the file -f still there!

[tony at softins tmp]$ touch ./-f ae af ag be bf bg
[tony at softins tmp]$ ls
-f  ae  af  ag  be  bf  bg
[tony at softins tmp]$ echo *f
-f af bf
[tony at softins tmp]$ rm *f
[tony at softins tmp]$ ls
-f  ae  ag  be  bg

Easiest way to remove the file -f is: rm ./-f

Tony Mountifield
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