If you've uploaded or published files to your Unix/AFS account from a PC or Macintosh with filenames containing what Unix considers to be "meta-characters", you will encounter problems viewing, editing or deleting the files.
To rename or delete the files, try the following methods:
rm "File Name"
mv "file!;#" new_filename
You can also remove some other characters (e.g., ;#) in this manner:
mv "filename;#" new_filename
The quotes prevent the ";" from being interpreted as a stacking command. (Since you can string commands together in Unix with semicolons, Unix will interpret a semicolon in a filename that way, unless you put it in quotes.)
mdelYou will be prompted with each filename in the account and asked whether or not you really wish to delete each file. Be sure to answer N for No for each file except the file containing the difficult character that you wish to delete! Delete that file by typing Y for Yes when prompted. Once you've deleted the intended file, you may press Ctrl-c to discontinue the MDEL process. Use this approach cautiously to avoid deleting other files by mistake.
For additional questions, contact the Help Desk at 758-HELP (4357).
Desk FAQ document #0058, June 2000