mv file with illegal character

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Mon Apr 21 20:08:27 PDT 2003

On Monday, 21 April 2003 at 12:09:15 -0400, Jim Weeks wrote:
> 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.
> Any ideas? 

Strangely, nobody else answered this: use ./-backup.  . is the current
directory, so ./filename is the same as filename for any value of

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