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Re: [vox-tech] Can't Remove File

  • Subject: Re: [vox-tech] Can't Remove File
  • From: Jan Wynholds <jcwynholds@yahoo.MAPScom>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 15:01:49 -0800

--- jdnewmil@dcn.davis.ca.us wrote:
> To see the source of the error, try this:
> [root@localhost /] # 'rm -- ./home/user/-g'
> which would be asking the shell to look for a rather
> oddly named
> executable file containing spaces, dashes, and
> illegal slashes.
> The correct invocation of find in this case is:
> [root@localhost /] # find . -name '-*' -exec rm {}
> \;
> Hm... or will you just kick yourself? :)
> Don't do that... Unix makes ever so much sense AFTER
> you understand it...  
> unfortunately, that doesn't help much before you do.

{Thump, thump, thump.}

What's that sound?  Jan kicking himself.

The man pages for find in the -exec section says that
sometimes you can avoid problems from the shell by
quoting the commands.  Guess this was wrong.

Thanks, all.  I am learning, bit by bit.  

> Jeff Newmiller                        The     ..... 
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>      .OO#.  rocks...2k

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