Dangerous use of 'rm'
freebsduk at rowyerboat.com
Thu Jul 6 22:25:21 BST 2006
In Linux, rm is commonly aliased to rm -i, for obvious reasons. When
deleting directories, I usually type rm <path_to_dir> then press enter
and let it fail, so I know I have the right directory. Then I hit the
up arrow and add -rf to the end of the command. I like it because it's
FreeBSD on the other hand, doesn't like the -rf at the end of the
command line, so you need to type 'rm -rf <path_to_dir>', so if you're
unlucky and you autocomplete the wrong path, or you hit enter by
accident on 'rm -rf /' - you're pretty much screwed.
I know the quick answer is not to do these things as root, but is there
a safe way of doing these things like you can with Linux and putting the
parameters on the end of the command?
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