Can't remove or move file

Mark Tinguely marktinguely at
Fri Aug 20 16:06:34 UTC 2010

Rem P Roberti wrote:
>  This is a new one for me.  I converted a YouTube selection using 
> youtube_dl and the file that was created was named -elDeJaPWGg.flv.  
> When I try to rename it, or delete it, I get an error message thus:
> root@ ~: rm -elDeJaPWGg.flv
> rm: illegal option -- e
> usage: rm [-f | -i] [-dIPRrvW] file ...
>        unlink file
> No switch with either the rm or mv command works.  What is actually 
> going on here?
> Rem
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This is frequently asked question.

For many commands, the "--" stops the argument processing:

    rm -- -elDeJaPWGg.flv

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