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I mistakenly create ~ in ~/source

sx@ubuntu:~/source$ pwd
sx@ubuntu:~/source$ ll
total 440
drwxr-xr-x 3 sx sx 4096 2012-12-06 02:25 ~/
drwxr-xr-x 4 sx sx 4096 2012-12-06 02:25 ./
drwxr-xr-x 47 sx sx 4096 2012-12-06 02:26 ../

I don't dare to delete it using command "rm ~", because it may lead to deleting all my file in home dir.

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In your case you can use rm -r "./~" but I've posted more general solution. –  power Dec 5 '12 at 18:43

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As always, specify the path.

rmdir ./~
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There is general solution to delete files with uncommon names: first you need to know file's inode number, then you can delete it with find command

$ mkdir "~"
$ ls -i
>28972221 ~
$ find -inum 28972221 -delete
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