mv file with illegal character

Andrew Scherbachenko erlis at
Mon Apr 21 09:16:23 PDT 2003

On апр 21, 2003 at 12:09:15, Jim Weeks wrote:
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> This isn't a really a freebsd question, but I can't seem to find the answer
> to this elsewhere.  I imagine that some of you may have come across the
> same situation.
> One of my clients has renamed a directory -backup and now she can't do a
> thing with it.  Any command seems to pickup the -b as an option rather
> than part of the name.  I've tried *backup and still the illegal option
> error occurs.
"mv -- -backup backup" will work too.

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