Re: major blunders

From: Jared Still <>
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 10:44:36 -0700
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On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 10:16 AM, Fmhabash <> wrote:

> If I may add ...
> - I altered behavior of 'rm' cmd forcing it to be interactive needing user
> confirmation. Scripts coded to use non-interactive version.

A trick to avoid accidentally deleting files you would rather keep.

Create a file called '-i' in key directories. This will force rm -f to go into interactive
mode, as the '-i' filename is interpreted as an argument.

Create '-i' file: touch -- -i

The double dash is used to tell rm (or any other *nix command) that the following stuff on the command line is not a command line option.

Remove the file: rm -- -i

Create a tmp directory, copy a few files into it, and try it.

It has saved me at least once.

Jared Still
Certifiable Oracle DBA and Part Time Perl Evangelist Oracle Blog: Home Page:

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