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Authored by: forman on Oct 03, '05 10:20:06PM

When I was a system administrator, one of the golden rules I learned was to never combine "-rf" and "*" under any circumstance. If one was going to invoke the "-rf" hammer, they should specify the entire path without globs.


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Authored by: Anonymous on Oct 04, '05 03:22:25PM

You didn't say how.

1. move files for deletion to /tmp/junk
2. check contents of /tmp/junk
3. check pruned location(s)
4. rm -rf /tmp/junk


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Prevent rm disasters
Authored by: macg4dave on Oct 04, '05 10:14:28PM

If you are using the tcsh why not use

"alias rm 'sudo rm -dRfi'" & for folders "alias rmdir 'sudo rm -dfr'"

just pop that in your .tcshrc file and it will ask for a password & show you what you are trashing

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Authored by: macgruder on Oct 05, '05 11:16:59AM

Good point. But that's the whole point of the hint. You bypass putting rm and * together.

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