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Re: Frustrating 'feature'

From: Paul Jarc
Subject: Re: Frustrating 'feature'
Date: 21 Dec 2000 13:33:18 -0500
User-agent: Gnus/5.0807 (Gnus v5.8.7) Emacs/20.7

"Meyer, Duane" <address@hidden> writes:
> I have managed to create a file that begins with '-r' and contains
> several other '-'(dash) characters throughout. [...] Why, if I
> enclose the thing in double quotes, single quotes, spackle it with
> '\' escapes, would the program try to read the first two characters
> as anything other than part of the name?

The shell is the only thing that ever sees the quotes.  By the time mv
or rm is invoked, it's just a string that starts with -, so it gets
treated as an option string.  Prefix it with "./", and it'll look like
a filename.


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