[Ilugc] difference between rm '??' and rm ??
- From: ramanraj@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Ramanraj K)
- Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 04:39:03 +0530
At 06:31 PM 2/16/2004 +0530, Ramanraj K wrote:
Sridhar R wrote:
How to delete file ??
Please note the difference between:
rm '??' # metacharacters escaped with quotes
rm ?? # pattern matching with wild-cards
Suppose a directory has the files fu foo and ??
rm '??' will remove the file named ?? only
rm ?? will remove both ?? and fu
[Suraj already pointed out how DANGEROUS the latter is, but it is really
useful to know the difference]
BTW, rm \?\? works as expected in GNU bash, version 2.04.0(1)-release
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