From: John P. Looney (Kate) (jplooney-ilug at domain online.ie)
Date: Tue 11 Jul 2000 - 09:57:57 IST
On Tue, Jul 11, 2000 at 09:38:29AM +0100, Guest, Ken mentioned:
> I don't know how I managed it, but I have a rather large
> file on styx named "--exclude".
> Any attempt to rm it or mv it to a deletable file name
> results in the program stating something along the lines of
> 'option not supported'.
My god man, read the manpage:
GNU rm, like every program that uses the getopt function to parse its arguments,
lets you use the -- option to indicate that all following arguments are non-
options. To remove a file called `-f' in the current directory, you could type
rm -- -f
The Unix rm program's use of a single `-' for this purpose predates the development
of the getopt standard syntax.
-- The words of the unwary are apt to cause needless pain and bloody violence. - Zen Master Greg
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