I recently started customising my Mac terminal and adding Vim stuff. After some time I noticed that when executing ls command, I keep getting:

)<CR>?vnoremap <Space> zf??

along-with regular ls command output. For example:

$ ls
)<CR>?vnoremap <Space> zf?? Documents                   Movies                      Public
Applications                Downloads                   Music                       Workspace
Desktop                     Library                     Pictures

I have no idea where it is coming from. It happens only in ls command and it happens in both built-in Terminal.app and iTerm2 (zsh shell).

I have tried grep-ing <Space> pattern (etc.) in my Home directory, but there is no file with such string.

  • It means you have a file with that name in that directory. The ? is a placeholder for some control character. What do you see with ls -lF *noremap* Dec 12, 2018 at 18:08
  • oh wow, indeed that was a file lol
    – elite_bobo
    Dec 12, 2018 at 18:13

2 Answers 2


noremap - command from vim, so when saving file, the name has been assigned. A detailed ls would help or installing something like Midnight Commander, which runs with as simple mc command and helps to evaluate it visually.


Here are the terminal commands for working with the file. the backslash \ is a way to escape special characters. The tab key will expand the filename.

so you type ls \( then you press the tab key. the ls the l is a lower case L

the rm is the remove command. You need to be careful when using this command. the files deleted are gone forever!

I'll put a space between the r and m, but you need to remove the space. The -i says to verify the delete. be certain not to have any other funny characters in the rm line. you cannot see it, but I typed ls ( then pressed the tab key.

mac $ touch \(abc
mac $ ls
(abc          duplicateOne  one           subdirD.app/  three         two
mac $ ls \(abc 
mac $ r m -i \(abc 
remove (abc? y
mac $ 

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