Remove a file whose name begins with a dash ( - ) character

rm ./-filename
Using the redundant ./ directory information prevents the dash from occurring at the beginning of the filename, and being interpreted as an option of the rm command. Also works using: rm -- -filename
Sample Output
$ touch ./-filename
$ rm "-filename"
rm: invalid option -- l
$ rm ./-filename

By: starchox
2009-02-18 18:36:25

What Others Think

Not to be a dick, or anything, but this really is nothing too special.. it is basic shell usage...
ozymandias · 598 weeks and 1 day ago
imho `rm -- -filename` is a better choice and using "--" has the added benefit of working with cmds other than "rm"
foetalminde · 598 weeks and 1 day ago
I prefer "--" by far too, as it's portable to most other commands.
raphink · 598 weeks and 1 day ago
I tend to escape, or quote things like this.
ozymandias · 598 weeks and 1 day ago
how would you escape that not using -- ?
TheBunman · 598 weeks and 1 day ago
touch \- ls \- rm \- works
grep · 598 weeks ago
grep -- exactly.
ozymandias · 598 weeks ago
vigo · 542 weeks and 1 day ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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