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Re: Avoid asterisk expansion when it selects "everything"

From: Mike Frysinger
Subject: Re: Avoid asterisk expansion when it selects "everything"
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2016 00:42:06 -0400

On 13 Apr 2016 11:23, Anis ELLEUCH wrote:
> I would like to ask if it is possible to disable expanding asterisk when it
> selects all entries ?
> `$ rm * .jpg` with a mistaken space between asterisk and .jpg will delete
> everything in your home directory or in the entire disk.
> In my opinion, when the user asks to select "everything" which could be `*`
> or `path/*`, bash has to show a confirmation prompt to check if the user
> was not mistaken, this option should be obviously disabled by default
> Another idea: `*` and `/*` should not be interpreted and the user has to
> enter another sequence "more powerful" to emphasize selecting all entries (
> `^*` would it work just fine ?)

alternative idea: alias your rm/mv/etc... commands if you're worried
about them.  it's not uncommon to do in ~/.bashrc or wherever:
        alias rm='rm -i'

then it's safe to `rm * .jpg`.  for example:
        $ alias rm='rm -i'
        $ rm *
        rm: remove regular file ‘aaa’? ^C

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