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A warning on a new destructive 'trojan horse'
Authored by: garumph on May 12, '04 02:17:24PM

There is nothing Apple can do. rm is a well documented UNIX command and every UNIX user is familiar with it. Besides MacOS X is a UNIX based system there are many ways to accomplish just about any task. If I wanted to delete all your files there are many ways to do it without using rm.

The idea that you don't want to warn people about the dangers of rm is just stupid. As a UNIX admin it is a command I run hundreds of times a day, many times with the -rf flags. As far as I am concerned it is one of the dozen "Must Know" commands for UNIX users, including its flags and dangers. It is the only way to avoid doing extremely stupid stuff like "rm -rf .*" when trying to delete a bunch of dot files. (the actual outcome is left as an exersize to the reader)

You need to be diligent about what you install.



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A warning on a new destructive 'trojan horse'
Authored by: GaelicWizard on May 12, '04 04:27:05PM

I did that once... took me a while to figure out too... :-/

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A warning on a new destructive 'trojan horse'
Authored by: nickfitz on May 13, '04 04:52:23AM

The idea that you don't want to warn people about the dangers of rm is just stupid... It is the only way to avoid doing extremely stupid stuff like "rm -rf .*" when trying to delete a bunch of dot files. (the actual outcome is left as an exersize to the reader)

It is indeed stupid to suggest that people should not be warned about such dangers - which leads me to ask if there is any particular reason why the rationale behind your warning about "rm -rf .*" is left as an exercise? Surely it would be more helpful to explain why not to do it?

I'll try it now and post an explana

*****NO SIGNAL*****

:-)



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