deleting file '--preserve-permissions'

Erik Trulsson ertr1013 at
Sat Mar 31 19:53:53 UTC 2007

On Sat, Mar 31, 2007 at 10:36:03PM +0300, lalev at wrote:
> I've made mistake with tar. Something like
> tar cvfz --preserve-permissions home.tgz *
> or
> tar cvfz --preserve-permissions * home.tgz
> As result I have a file with name '--preserve-permissions'.
> It seems that it's not easy to delete this file.
> rm '--preserve-permissions'
> does not give the desired result.
> What should I do :-)

You should read the rm(1) man-page.
Especially the part that says:

       The rm command uses getopt(3) to parse its arguments, which allows it to
       accept the --' option which will cause it to stop processing flag
       options at that point.  This will allow the removal of file names that
       begin with a dash (-').  For example:
             rm -- -filename
       The same behavior can be obtained by using an absolute or relative path
       reference.  For example:
             rm /home/user/-filename
             rm ./-filename

<Insert your favourite quote here.>
Erik Trulsson
ertr1013 at

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