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A directory named ~ appeared in a folder under ~/Projects/myproject/~.

Doing

ls -al ~/Projects/myproject
drwxr-xr-x   3 myuser  staff      102 20 Sep 11:32 ~

I don't want to try removing it with rm because I have a feeling it will remove my whole home dir.

Is there any safe way to get rid of it, or any ideas on how it got there in the first place?

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  • try rm -i ? and confirm. – Archemar Sep 20 '16 at 9:22
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You can explicitly indicate the ~ file on current directory by preceding it with ./:

cd ~/Projects/myproject
rm ./~

Or just use the full path:

rm ~/Projects/myproject/~

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