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Why do I get a "?" mark at the end of a symlink sometimes?

E.g.

lrwxrwxrwx 2 root root 0 1969-12-31 19:00  xyz -> abc?
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More than likely there's a stray non-printing character at the end of the filename. Use ls -lb to show the character.

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right on! thanks!! –  jldupont Aug 3 '10 at 10:40
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