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Feb 222010

How to escape "-" character at the beginning of filename?


Assume you have file named -test.txt, if you want to print it out by the cat command:

# cat -test.txt
cat: invalid option -- '.'
Try `cat --help' for more information.

You will experienced the above error, similar errors will happen with commands such as mv, cp etc.

To correctly handle these kind of files that with file name start with the character -, you need to escape with --


#cat -- -test.txt

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