Bug#964949: Cannot open files beginning with a dash ('-')

Nicholas Guriev guriev-ns at ya.ru
Mon Sep 14 22:38:54 BST 2020

Control: severity -1 wishlist

On Mon, 13 Jul 2020 10:50:34 +0200 Enrico Zini <enrico at debian.org> wrote:
> There seems to be no way to use it to open a file whose name begins with
> a dash:
> $ sh -x `which xdg-open` -test.pdf

Prepend filename with dot-slash: xdg-open ./-test.pdf

> I also tried the usual double-dash approach, which doesn't seem to be
> supported:
> $ sh -x `which xdg-open` -- -test.pdf

On the other hand, it might make sense to implement a special double-dash option
to get consistent behavior between various command line utilities.

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