How to delete “-” file from svn?
Accidentally I have created file “-” (just a minus) in a directory and commited it.
I have to delete it because its causing error on other machines:
svn: Can’t convert string from ‘UTF-8’ to native encoding:
I can remove it from local directory using “rm -i *” or with python “os.remove(‘\xe2\x80\x93’)” but those methods do not work with “svn rm”.
How to delete such file from svn repository?
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You could try
svn rm ./-
It might not actually be a minus, tho’, but a similar-looking character.
Usually, you need to terminate the list of command line options using a
Try something like
svn rm -- -.
Same if you want to remove the directory from the file system:
rm -r -- -.
svn rm -- -
-- means “stop reading options”.
In some cases (at the console, for example) you might not be able to copy/paste an odd character. In that situation, you can use file globbing. It’s a good idea to do
ls before the
rm to make sure you’re not including something in the deletion that you want to keep.
Any single-character filename:
ls -l ? rm ?
or, any single-character filename that’s not an alphanumeric character or a hyphen:
ls -l [^a-zA-Z0-9-] rm [^a-zA-Z0-9-]
Another version (locale-aware) of that would be:
ls -l [^[:alnum:]-] rm [^[:alnum:]-]
You can combine other lists of characters and classes in addition to more globbing and specific characters.
Delete any file with a three-character name that doesn’t start with “m”, “s” or “y”, has any second character, and ends with “1” or “9”: