In the man pages for tar, I discovered the following option:
I understand that this option is meant for creating an archive of a directory on a magnetic tape mounted on a drive.
But initially I mistook it for creating an archive of a directory in a file on the system.
So instead of the command
I gave the command
tar cvf -C
and ended up creating an archive of the directory in -C!!!
Now, I can neither delete this guy nor rename him as both rm and mv will throw error, if the file name or the source as the case may be, begins with -.
How to get out of this fix?