View Full Version : weird retarded upgrade artifact

09-15-2002, 01:10 PM
Hi all
I recently did an archive...clean install of Jaguar and then found in my home directory a file named .?"

jamesk @ /Users/jamesk@Xmac-->ls -la
total 42920
drwxr-xr-x 100 jamesk staff 3400 Sep 14 15:12 .
-rwxr-xr-x 1 jamesk staff 19851 Aug 22 12:42 .?"
drwxrwxr-t 6 root wheel 204 Sep 14 14:43 ..
drwx------ 3 jamesk staff 102 Aug 26 11:52 .BitchX

so my question is: what is it and how do I pattern match it to rm this weird little thingie

09-15-2002, 02:06 PM
Either .\?\" or '.?"' should get to it from Terminal; as to what it is, I have no idea. Start with a file '.?"' and vi/pico it if it might be readable. Otherwise, strings '.?"' might elicit something interesting.

09-15-2002, 02:07 PM
$ cd

$ touch ./.\?\" # i did this to create the file, you don't do this, obviously

$ rm ./\.\?\"

that worked here on a file explicitly named thusly.

what's in the file? you might want to rename it (mv) with the above filename incantation.

09-15-2002, 04:37 PM
merv, blb thankyou gentle folk...
As always I am amazed at the skill and speed of the list members...
as it turned out it was an old install script I used to install some gnu software that
was horibly butchered by me in the installation process...read thru the whole thing just something inoccuous.