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I'm using Fedora 17 and I generated a folder named .\data\ from code

How can I delete this file from the command line?

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No idea why "off topic" has "tex" but no... "linux"... really? Anyway rm -rf ./data with the understanding that it is irrevocably gone. – cfeduke Dec 1 '12 at 13:42
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Use additional backslashes to escape the special characters: \.\\data\\. Hence, you would use:

rm -rf \.\\data\\
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Screen each backslash with another backslash or just enclose the entire folder name in single quotes:

rm -r '.\data\'
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