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Re: OT: the rm bug hit me again

Nigel Wade wrote:
Mike McCarty wrote:

Arthur Pemberton wrote:

On 10/25/06, Robin Laing <Robin Laing drdc-rddc gc ca> wrote:

Graphical file manager?  That isn't the *nix way of doing things.  :)

And the -f in the rm command it to stop the "Confirm delete?" questions.
   My rm is set to confirm all deletes using alias.


How exactly did you do this? I got bit by this bug once in my Linux
life, would prefer it never happens again.

alias rm='rm -i'

That's not a good idea as it teaches you to expect to be prompted, and you'll be bitten badly some time when the alias isn't present.

Better to alias it to some command which doesn't exist, like del, and train yourself to use del. If the alias isn't present all you get is 'del: command not found' rather than a depleted filesystem.

I actually don't expect it but I have it as a backup in case I am tired or not thinking. My fear would be that after all these years if I changed it, I would then make the error. I normally don't rm something unless I really want to. But it is a good point.

Robin Laing

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