Re: [RFR] safe-rm package description
Francois Marier wrote:
> (Please CC me on your responses)
> Description: wrapper around the rm command to prevent accidental deletions
> Tool which prevents the accidental deletion of important files by replacing rm
> with a wrapper which checks the given arguments against a configurable
> blacklist of files and directories which should never be removed.
Start the long description with a subject and main verb.
This structure with three whiches (a full coven!) works surprisingly
well, but it's still probably worth avoiding - for a start it's
possible to misparse it as "with [A] a wrapper which checks [...]
and [B] directories which should never be removed". The simplest
way to avoid that is:
This package provides a tool intended to prevent the accidental deletion
of important files by replacing /bin/rm with a wrapper, which checks the
given arguments against a configurable blacklist of files and directories
that should never be removed.
> Users who attempt to delete one of these protected files or directories will
> not be able to do so and will be shown a warning message instead.
> Protected paths can be set both at the site and user levels.
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package