control character file names

Polytropon freebsd at
Mon Dec 15 06:32:12 PST 2008

On Mon, 15 Dec 2008 06:14:32 -0800, Noah <admin2 at> wrote:
> Polytropon wrote:
> > On Mon, 15 Dec 2008 05:59:02 -0800, Noah <admin2 at> wrote:
> >> I am 
> >> unable to rename a directory that has nine '?'.
> > 
> > Maybe Midnight Commander - PF6: Rename - will do the job?
> > (Workaround)
> > 
> > 
> okay I dont quite understand.  what is midnight commander - PF6: Rename?

Sorry for being to briefly.


The Midnight Commander is a curses based file manager that might
be a workaround for the problem you can't solve using Emacs at
the moment. It can be installed via ports or (more simple) from
packages using "pkg_add -r mc". The command to run it is "mc".


PF6 (or F6) refers to the programmable function key number 6
which has the function to move or rename files (in the Midnight

By the way, for deleting a directory, PF8 (or F8) - Delete - can
be useful. I'm not sure if the MC can be troubled by control
characters in filenames, but up to this point, I found nothing
the MC couldn't delete anyway. :-)

I hope I didn't explain too stupidly, I don't want to sound
impolite. Of course I cannot assume anyone to know what a
Midnight Commander is or what PF keys (IBM and robotron
terminology) are...

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