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recipe for alphabet soup
Authored by: robh on Aug 21, '01 06:12:40AM

>Not so, the script in this state does not affect anything other than things in /

And you can guarantee that Apple will never need to add anything in '/' ?

Here's another scenario where things can go badly wrong..

Let's say that while trying to do the "ls / > filenames" something goes wrong, e.g. the disk fills.
The result will be a truncated list of files. When you then reboot you'll start removing essential files, maybe even the kernel itself.



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recipe for smaller portions
Authored by: colin on Aug 21, '01 06:18:55AM

......."ls / > filenames" something goes wrong, e.g. the disk fills.".......
you really have that many files in root? wow. We are talking a tiny file here.. maybe with 'ls -R' it could be a possibility (please don't try puutting this in the example, it won't work), but not a plain 'ls'.



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The REAL recipe for disaster...
Authored by: colin on Aug 21, '01 06:27:40AM

I just thought, if people are too dumb to make judgement on how to use a sample command (or not), as you seem to be suggesting, then maybe they are also unable to copy things from here correctly. In light of this please disregard this whole post as forgetting the '-v' switch on the grep will delete/move all the files that ARE listed in the /filelist file and this would be disastrous.



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