Re: mv directories to new partition; rm directories
>>"Gary" == Gary L Dolan <email@example.com> writes:
Gary> On Sun, Aug 10, 1997 at 05:21:23PM -0400, Scott K. Ellis wrote:
Scott> You ABSOLUTLY NEVER want to use the -d option to rm. That will
Scott> seriously corrupt your filesystem (it deletes the directory
Scott> inode without deleting the files in the directory). The proper
Scott> way to remove a directory and its comments is 'rm -rf
Gary> Thanks for the information. If this is really a *bad* idea, it
Gary> ought not to be in the info program as a viable option to rm
Gary> without some explanation. Gary
But there *is* information.
Remove directories with `unlink' instead of
`rmdir', and don't require a directory to be empty
before trying to unlink it. Only works for the
super-user. Because unlinking a directory causes
any files in the deleted directory to become unref
erenced, it is wise to *fsck* the filesystem after
Didn't the requirement to File System CHeck ring any alarms?
IMHO, they are warning you that you are lweaving behind unreferenced
files, and would need to run fsck afterwards is warning enough.
Ignore nonexistent files and never prompt the user.
-r, -R, --recursive
Remove the contents of directories recursively.
No warnings there that I can see. Or are you advocating that
rm never delete recursively either, and always prompt the
user? I have seen (and heard) far many more people do rm -rf junk *
then do rm -d.
who does not want UNIX to become just another NT 5.0.
Bye Bye PDP 10
Manoj Srivastava <url:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>
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