[techtalk] Filename star

Subba Rao subb3 at attglobal.net
Thu Dec 30 08:38:08 EST 1999

On  0, Xavier Gutierrez Munoz <xgm at newton.fis.ucm.es> wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Dec 1999, Subba Rao wrote:
> >
> >I have noticied a meta character named file in the root's home directory and another user's
> >home directory. They were created on December 23rd. The file ownership permissions are
> >perfectly normal. The dreaded meta-character is '*'.
> >
> >To remove this I did,
> >
> >$ rm -i *
> >
> 	It worked for me so I now have a file clled '*' in my root dir.
> Then i though: "if i could create it this way, why not deleting it the
> same way?" So i tried
> $rm "*"
> 	And it surprisingly worked. Of course, i had many more files in my
> dir and did no delete any of them. Hope it'll work for you too. Gotta
> thank u 'cause now i know a little more about my system.

Thanks for the suggestions. When I am uncertain about the files to be deleted,
I prefer to use the '-i' option. That would atleast guarantee the safety of my
other files. I have learnt quite a bit too, regarding the various techniques to
delete the meta-character named files.

I guess it is time to implement the 'wastebasket' idea on linux users $HOME.

Thanks everyone.

Subba Rao
subb3 at attglobal.net

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