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From: bensonoff
Subject: /bin/rm
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 13:19:15 -0800

I run Linux Red Hat 6.2 and 7.2, and it would be nice to have some kind of safety net for the rm binary in the event someone accidentally types in a command such as " rm -rf dirname /* " note the white space between dirname and /* which really means rm -rf /* - a disaster waiting to happen. This happened to me several times when I wanted to type rm -rf dirname/*, but accidentally put the space there and kaboom!!!
It would be great to have a prompt asking if you want to remove your entire partition prior to ever executing rm -rf /* no matter how it was entered on the command line. Do you know of a modified version of rm that does that, and if not, what would it take to modify the existing one? I know you are suppose to know what you are doing if you log in as root, but we are all human and make dumb mistakes. Thanks for your time.
Best regards,
Leon Bensonoff
(813) 839-9000

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