I am using JellyBean 4.1.2. There is a directory with a file that is with stange character. I use many app to delete it but did not success. And I use shell to look at it. When I issue ls command. it show lstat './as`a.5r' failed: No such file or directory. How can I delete this file

  • Yes, but I cannot delete in windows too. Jan 27, 2015 at 3:26
  • Can you rename the file?
    – Thomas Vos
    Jun 23, 2015 at 17:22

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I installed a terminal emulator app on my Android smartphone (Terminal Emulator for Android, which is open source) then I used it to change directory (cd) to where the file was and removed the file (rm).

You don't need to type the entire file name, you can use the terminal auto completion. On a Linux desktop, you could start typing rm file_n and hit the Tab key so the terminal would complete the command: rm file_n@me. On that emulator app, to emulate the desktop's Tab key, hit the Volume up button then type t with the keyboard.


Google how to get short names for files using bash, and use that short file name with rm to delete the file using a terminal emulator. same for Windows too


If your mobile allows to reboot into safe mode then enter safe mode and try deleting. Otherwise only way is take a backup of the required content, format the memory then restore. Hope this helps..

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