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>>I've gotten into heated debates with co-workers over this one and
>>wanted some opinions.
>>For example, would you use:
>>a) rm <filename>
(using angle brackets that are not supposed to be typed as part of the
>>b) rm *filename*
(where the asterisks here are denoting italicized text)
>>c) rm filename
(no special demarcation)
According to a former professor and my fellow UNIX users around here, use
the angle braces <> to signify replacement when writing UNIX commands, and
use the square brackets  to signify any optional part of the command. If
your audience doesn't know much about UNIX maybe you can include a key up
front...All our programmers and licensees use UNIX, so I can't comment on
I hope this helps.