How do I delete a file named "-p" from bash?

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

How do I delete a file named -p in bash? Trying rm "-p" complains that -p is not a valid argument.

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

Most GNU tools support -- to terminate the options.

rm -- -p
rm ./-p

Method 2

The NOTE section in the man page for rm has something to say exactly about this. Apart from what Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams has mentioned in their answer, one other way of removing such files, as mentioned in the man page, is by using an absolute path reference, such as: rm /home/user/-p.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

All methods was sourced from or, is licensed under cc by-sa 2.5, cc by-sa 3.0 and cc by-sa 4.0

Leave a Reply