If you're anything like me you'll find your directories liberally scattered with some pretty strange directory and file names.
$ ls -la -rw-r--r-- 1 gypsydave5 1482096370 647 11 Oct 20:15 :w drwxr-xr-x 2 gypsydave5 1482096370 68 10 Feb 08:55 -p/ -rw-r--r-- 1 gypsydave5 1482096370 2900 11 Oct 20:15 \(
Hopefully you're nothing like me and you never get this, but I'm both a sloppy
and impatient typist and so I will
occasionally often mash the
keyboard in Vim and name a file after the write command, or somehow create
a directory called
-p because I was using the recursive flag on
On that subject, let's try and get rid of the
$ rm -rf -p rm: illegal option -- p usage: rm [-f | -i] [-dPRrvW] file ... unlink file
Hmmm, that sucks. What about...
$ rm -rf "-p" rm: illegal option -- p usage: rm [-f | -i] [-dPRrvW] file ... unlink file
Boo. Happily there's a *nix convention to help with these situations:
Double-dash tells the command you're running that everything that comes after
it is not to be treated as a command option, but is instead a filename. So:
$ rm -rf -- -p $ ls -la -rw-r--r-- 1 gypsydave5 1482096370 647 11 Oct 20:15 :w -rw-r--r-- 1 gypsydave5 1482096370 2900 11 Oct 20:15 (
This behaviour is implemented in most of the command line tools you'll use on a *nix system - it's useful to know.
I'm still not sure how I managed this. But I'm staring at the evidence now, so I know it must've happened. ↩