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Re: [SLUG] rmdir on directories with directories within withdirectories with
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- Subject: Re: [SLUG] rmdir on directories with directories within withdirectories with
- From: "Garth Sperring" <garth@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed Aug 29 12:41:02 2001
> On Thu, 23 Aug 2001, Tony Green wrote:
> > > > does not hack it. What do I do?
> > >
> > > rm -rf *
> > As the old UNIX saying goes....
> > 'Never use a star with rm -r'
'tis too true
I have learnt the hard way :-)
Spent two days setting up a HP-800 server with Oracle, dual SCSI II
controllers, mirrored hot-swappable drives, dual CPUs - top of line in its
day. Finished up the install and setup and decided to clean up some the
temporary install dirs....
# rm -r *
the pico-second after my finger lifted from the enter key - I realised what
I may have just done
Meanwhile from another shell...
ksh: ls: command not found
ksh: pwd: command not found
This superfast machine designed to support up to 100 concurrent Oracle
sessions, which was now burning 100% CPU on the rm process, spun into
action. The show was all over under 20 secs .... time to get the install
media back out the cupboard...
> True, but possibly a little outdated.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 "*'.
> Mike Holland <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> There goes the good time that was had by all.
> -- Bette Davis, remarking on a passing starlet
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