Re: rm -r * and the default prompt
On 19 May 1997, John Goerzen wrote:
> I agree with most of what you are saying; however, I think you sorta
> missed the point I was trying to make (which is probably my fault
> because I didn't make it very clearly <g>)
> My problem is not so much with changing root's default prompt on new
> installations; I have changed the default on my machines anyway. My
> problem is with going in and changing accepted Unix standards solely
> to be more "friendly" to beginners that aren't paying attention to
> what they are doing. IMHO, people that aren't paying attention before
> typing a "rm -rf *" don't have any business running Unix in the first
> Anybody should know that before typing "rm -rf *" or an equivolent,
> you THINK FIRST, every time.
Of course..! I'm not saying that we should add a `Are you sure?' prompt..
However, we should be careful to choose _useful_ `accepted UNIX'
standards. eg: the prompt "$ " is the standard. /bin/ash is much more
standard than bash.
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