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Re: Files starting with Dash.

From: Stepan Kasal
Subject: Re: Files starting with Dash.
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 16:27:44 +0100
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Dobry den (Czech is almost like Polish ;-),

        thank you very much for sending the bug report.
We, the developpers, value high users who take care to report the bug
instead of keeping the problem secret.

On Fri, Nov 21, 2003 at 02:34:50PM +0000, Marcin Kowalski wrote:
> address@hidden /var/spool/cv/0/0/0> ls
> -1009514941.doc  -1378383905.doc  -1572047709.doc  -1848877519.doc  
> address@hidden /var/spool/cv/0/0/0> ls -*
> ls: invalid option -- 0

This time, it's not a bug, it's a feature.  Most unix-like utilities
take each parameter starting with ``-'' as an option.

You have to type ``ls -- -*'' to tell ls that the parameters following
the ``--'' mark are not options.

> address@hidden /var/spool/cv/0/0/0> ls \-*
> ls: invalid option -- 0

This cannot help, as the shell processes ``\-*'' which results into
``-*'' and then into the list of the files.
ls cannot know that there was a backslash in earlier phases of
command-line processing.

Have a nice day,
        Stepan Kasal

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