I cannot delete a file in my /home folder.
Terminal output give me the message:

~$ rm /home/goldap/Загрузки/Put Don Kihota (1934) 
   bash: ошибка синтаксиса около неожиданной лексемы '('

Roughly translated:

~$ rm /home/goldap/Загрузки/Put Don Kihota (1934) 
   bash: syntax error near unexpected token '('

1 Answer 1


As far as I see it, (And google translate tells me) you need to escape ( and ). Like this:

~$ rm /home/goldap/Загрузки/Put\ Don\ Kihota\ \(1934\)

Another way to accomplish this, would be to put it in single-quotes.

~$ rm '/home/goldap/Загрузки/Put Don Kihota (1934)'
  • 4
    In fact it should say rm /home/goldap/Загрузки/Put\ Don\ Kihota\ \(1934\). Usually typing the beginning of the file name and pressing the tab key will do the job for you.
    – David
    Mar 13, 2013 at 8:24
  • Whops. My fault. Correcting. Mar 13, 2013 at 8:25
  • putting the path into single quotes should do the same thing, shouldn't it? e.g. rm '/home/goldap/Загрузки/Put Don Kihota (1934)' Mar 13, 2013 at 11:31
  • Single quotes gives the same result, yes. Mar 15, 2013 at 9:16

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