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in thread /usr/bin/perl -w?

And Unix commands in general, too! Because of shell design and such, typing rm * in a directory which contains a file named -rf could delete everything (except the file -rf)! You should do rm -- * instead. I have actually been bitten by this once or twice, but luckily not by -rf but something more mundane.

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Re^4: /usr/bin/perl -w?
by jasonk (Parson) on Jun 21, 2005 at 13:17 UTC

    I've seen some people use this to their advantage too, by creating files called '-i' in directories containing things they don't want to lose. That way an inadvertant rm * will become interactive.

    We're not surrounded, we're in a target-rich environment!