# Deleting folders beginning with a dash “-” on Linux

If you have a folder or file which starts with a dash (e.g. “-someFolder”) then simply running `rmdir` (or `rm` for a file) will produce the following error:

``````> rmdir -someFolder
rmdir: illegal option -- s
usage: rmdir [-p] directory ...``````

A neat way to delete such a folder is by referencing the directory first:

``> rmdir ./-someFolder``

The folder should now be deleted. Files are the exact same, just replace `rmdir` with `rm`.