Dear friends,
When I list the files in my machine with SUN solaris 5.8 I can see an unidentified file like.....
-rwxr-xr-x 1 isos staff 566952 Oct 12 2001 sendapi*
-rw-r--r-- 1 isos staff 3471 Oct 12 2001 set_environ.inst
-rw-r--r-- 1 isos staff 1534 Oct 12 2001 setenv.site
-r-xr-xr-x 1 isos staff 6795 Oct 12 2001 setup*
-rw-rw-r-- 1 isos staff 28718 Mar 29 18:02

-rw-r--r-- 1 isos staff 4710 Sep 12 2001 slot3.cfg
-rwxr-xr-x 1 isos staff 753 May 5 2001 snmpd.sh*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 isos staff 315672 Oct 12 2001 sockclnt*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 isos staff 189412 Oct 12 2001 sockserv*

the space as shown above is the file name which is 28 MB. I dont know how this has been created and how to access this file!!!
Can neone help me to find out what is inside and way to delete?


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Last Post by mshankars

To access the file put a \ before the space so that it will read "\ " (without the quotes of course) Then, you can rm/file/vi/etc. the file and figure out what it is. Special characters are often needed to be prepended with a \ in order to be used from the CLI/Regexps/etc.


HI, thats fine,
but I dont know how many spaces to be included cos single space is not working!!! But i came across some other way like ftp..i have moved that file to my windows machine then easily renamed it then put back in to the solaris machine!!!

Thanx a lot


In the future, if your shell supports tab completion (assuming that you only have one file with a leading space) you can first type the "\ " and then using tab or escape, can automatically complete the file name for you.


The best way to manipulate a file with a name that consists of an arbitrary amount of whitespace is to reference the file by it's inode number.

Find the file's inode number with "ls -i" then use the find command to remove it using the inode number: "find -inum <inode number> -exec rm {} \;"

You might also want to add a "-maxdepth 1" predicate to the above find command to limit the search to your current working directory.

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