If you want to delete a file that you can't type in the name of either because the name is long and complicated, or because it is difficult to type in without causing a syntax error then here is the solution.
You first need to find the inode reference of the file. This can be done by using the command ls -li. The start of each line has a number that is specific to that file. You could use the command ls -i , but the output is a little confusing.
To delete the file use the find command with the flag -inum, followed by a pipe into the rm (remove file) command like the following.
find . -inum 916618 | xargs rm
The xargs bit is used to pass a list of the files found from the find command to the rm command.
aladar% touch "`echo -e "foo\nbar"`" [~/temp/20100827/b] aladar% ls -i [~/temp/20100827/b] 531675 foo?bar aladar% find . -inum 531675 | xargs rm [~/temp/20100827/b] rm: cannot remove `./foo': No such file or directory rm: cannot remove `bar': No such file or directory aladar% find . -inum 531675 -print0 | xargs -0 rm [~/temp/20100827/b] aladar% ls [~/temp/20100827/b]