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How to delete files with space characters in file name

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Introduction

If you have ever tried to delete a file with a space character in its name in Linux, you may have encountered an error message. This is because the space character is interpreted as a separator between the file name and its extension. In this blog post, we will show you how to delete files with space characters in their names in Linux.

Using Quotes or Escaping Spaces

The first method to delete files with space characters in their names is to use quotes or escape the spaces. You can use single or double quotes around the file name or add a backslash before the space character. For example, to delete a file named “my file.txt”, you can use the following command:

rm 'my file.txt'

or

rm my\\ file.txt

Both of these commands will remove the file from your system.

Using find

In this case, you can use find command to delete files with space in file name.

find . -name "* *" -type f -delete

Using Wildcards to Delete Files with Space Characters

rm file*spaces.txt

Conclusion

In this blog post, we have shown you three different methods to delete files with space characters in their names in Linux. You can use quotes or escape spaces, wildcards, or the find command to remove these files from your system. Remember to be careful when using the rm command, as it will permanently delete the files from your system.

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