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I have a folder in my system with no name in it. It is empty. But that folder has files inside it.

Just out of curiosity, I tried to create another folder and try to rename it by not giving any name. But I could not do it.

Any idea, how can it be achieved?

On the same topic, how to access that folder in the shell?

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If you do ls -l in the parent directory, what is the output? –  Braiam Aug 9 '13 at 12:53
    
I am sorry, in the height of excitement, I renamed it to "/". I was trying to use the escape sequence "\ " ( Read it as \<space> ) –  www.sapnaedu.in Aug 9 '13 at 12:55
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I could create a folder called " " (space) just typing mkdir " ". It had name, just that it was named " " –  Braiam Aug 9 '13 at 12:56
    
@Braiam, Vow, Thanks, Any idea, how do we access in the terminal? –  www.sapnaedu.in Aug 9 '13 at 12:57
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cd \ / works just fine –  Braiam Aug 9 '13 at 12:58

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Accourding with these Rules For Naming File And Directory Names, no, it can't have no name, but can be named with one or more space/blank characters:


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From the above picture you can deduce that you can access a directory having only a space in the name with:

cd ' '
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For example mkdir '' returns mkdir: cannot create directory ‘’: No such file or directory or mkdir -p some//path just create some/path. –  Braiam Aug 9 '13 at 13:00
    
@Braiam Yes, but for example mkdir ' ' is creating a ' ' directory :/ –  Radu Rădeanu Aug 9 '13 at 13:30
    
Sorry, I was under the perception you have read my other comment –  Braiam Aug 9 '13 at 13:34

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