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  1. #1

    renaming a file starting with -

    I am trying to move a file that starts with "-" with mv. Whenever I try to move it I get an error saying I have an invalid option because the file starts with -. I have tried to put a \ before it with no luck and I have tried quotes. Thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    Nov 2004
    There is an old GNU trick that if you want to specify the end of switches you can pass a double hypen '--' with no action after it -
    mv -- -somefile somefile
    Escaping doesn't usually work, nor do quotes. Just use the double hyphen.

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    worked great, thanks!


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