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A subtle fix for hard-to-diagnose installer hangs
Authored by: garumph on Jul 25, '05 11:56:03AM

I hate it when people alias common commands like rm. I would fire an admin that did that, it is dangerous. What happens when you go to a machine without the alias? You risk deleting more than you want.

If you don't like rm alias another command to it like del or erase. Use that command instead of rm. That way if you get on a machine or account with the alias you are safe.

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fire who?
Authored by: sjk on Jul 29, '05 03:33:59PM
Since I've been using Unix shells for nearly 30 years I'll usually take exception to someone who thinks they know better than I do how to customize (or not) my shell environment. If I want to add "-i" to aliases for cp, mv, and rm commands in my shells that's my business. I'm not telling anyone else to do that, nor would I even consider creating such aliases in "shared shells" unless there was mutual understanding and consensus between everyone who'd be using them. If users (admins or not) aren't savvy enough to check for aliases and other customizations in shell environments other than their own before running commands with potentially unexpected, undesirable results then they'd benefit from more education and experience. IMHO, to fire someone who's willing (even eager) and able to learn these things would be a rather arrogant, myopic reaction. That's the kind of person I'd like to hire and enjoy working with.

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