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bug#22998: File removal bug

From: Eric Blake
Subject: bug#22998: File removal bug
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:47:58 -0700
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tag 22998 notabug

On 03/12/2016 10:33 AM, Avineshwar Singh wrote:
> Hi.
> Let's say I manage to create a file named "-filename.extension". It's not 
> being removed using "rm -filename.extension",

Indeed, and that's a FAQ:


> however, it is being removed using "/filepath/-filename.extension".

Indeed, and that is one of the work-arounds for this non-bug.  The other
workaround is to use:

rm -- -filename.extension.

> There is a potential fix for this. It is existing in Ubuntu, Fedora, NetBSD, 
> FreeBSD and OmniOS, atleast.

This is not a bug, but the behavior mandated by POSIX.  Therefore I'm
closing this report.  However, feel free to ask further related
questions in response to this thread.

Eric Blake   eblake redhat com    +1-919-301-3266
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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