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Re: Linux FS Question

On Wed, 18 Jun 1997, Tim O'Brien wrote:

> Is there a way to securely delete a file? Or do I need to study the e2fs
> and develop a program to do it? I'm sure there's lots of people out there
> who'd like the ability to know that when something's been deleted, it's
> gone; no line, no waiting.. Right now. 

Kinda like a Norton wipedisk?

> Ideas? 

Well, you could overwrite the file with gibberish _before_ deleting it.
I think that's what Norton does, several times if I remember correctly.
That's to comply with US federal regs, which seem a bit superstitious to
me! Actually, the giberrish itself is probably some specified bit pattern.


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