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Re: [SLUG] rmdir on directories with directories within with directories with
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] rmdir on directories with directories within with directories with
- From: "Steven Blunt" <efn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu Aug 23 13:55:02 2001
> > > rm -rf *
> > As the old UNIX saying goes....
> > 'Never use a star with rm -r'
> True, but possibly a little outdated. Wildcard is done by the shell, and a
> modern shell (like zsh. bash yet?) will let you see the expansion on the
> command-line before hitting return, by hitting <tab> after the wildcard
> > Instead, use rm -r directoryname (eg rm -r /home/transfers). You may
> which you are effectively doing after expanding the "*'.
Assuming you are in /home and there are no other directories than transfers
it would work - but the former can't be assumed and the latter is quite
unlikely. In this situation * is definitly not the way to go. But given the
time of day the question was asked and answered I think I can be forgiven :)