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    The #Hello.World# file

    Hello, For some reason a file was created under my login called #Hello.World# (the hash symbol is part of the file name). I can't delete it, not even under root. I tried to open it using vim but it looks like an empty file. Does anyone know how to delete such a file? Or even what type of file this is?

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    Trusted Penguin Irithori's Avatar
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    May 2009
    If it is an empty file, then the type doesnt really matter.

    It is a bit problematic to remove this file, because the shell interprets "#" as the start of a comment.
    So you need to quote the filename or escape the first #
    rm "#Hello.World#"
    As to how it was created.. no idea.
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    Apr 2009
    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Or, if there are no other files with "Hello,World" in their names, then "rm *Hello,World*" will also work. Or you can rename it first. As in
    rename '#Hello,World#' 'goodbyecruelworld' *Hello,World*
    rm goodbyecruelworld
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!


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