I've been learning about Terminal recently, and although I've learnt about the backslash, double quotes, single quote etc. for escaping characters, how would I create a folder with this name (it's on a VM in Parallels so if I screw anything up, it's not going to affect my main Mac OS X install).

I'm using Mac OS Sierra 10.12.2 in Parallels, same as my desktop, but that's a "sandbox" machine for testing software etc. without affecting the regular Mac - if it's sluggish or software crashes I'm not losing important files and can always reset it - theoretically. (The VM isn't used for writing this though... I'm using the regular Mac now. Probably not relevant, but I'm new-ish to Parallels, but that's for another question.).

I tried this command to create a directory with a web address as the name:

mkdir 'http://www.mysite.net' 

but got this error:

mkdir: http:: No such file or directory

How could I escape the : and // so a folder looks like a web URL even though it's not (this is for testing purposes, nothing more, as it's on a VM). How could i emulate those characters in a folder name?

If anyone could help I'd appreciate this!


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The problem is you can't use / in the name of a directory. The / is reserved to separate directories. Maybe you could replace the // with different characters?

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    Or just name the folder www.mysite.net, you don't want to change folder names if you switch from http to https :-)
    – nohillside
    Jul 27, 2018 at 15:36

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