Can't remove or move file

Rolf Nielsen listreader at
Fri Aug 20 16:39:01 UTC 2010

2010-08-20 18:00, Rem P Roberti skrev:
> 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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The problem is that the filename contains a dash, which rm interprets as 
an indication that the next character is a switch. Use unlink instead, 
i.e. unlink -elDeJaPWGg.flv.

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