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Posting dangerous code (was Re: Building kernel-image with kpkg)

on Mon, Apr 29, 2002, Karsten M. Self (kmself@ix.netcom.com) wrote:
> on Mon, Apr 22, 2002, Shawn McMahon (smcmahon@eiv.com) wrote:
> > begin  Grant Edwards quotation:
> > > 
> > > > You're arbitrarily nuking things from the source tree.
> > > 
> > > It's not my fault, somebody told me to!  
> > 
> > This is a test.
> > 
> > You can restore those files by typing:
> > 
> > dpkg -P `apt-cache pkgnames`
> I suspect you're missing an operator term on your apt-cache command.


"pkgnames" isn't, as I'd assumed, a metacharacter for "list of packages
to operate on", but a string literal which lists the names of all
packages installed on the system.  I rarely use anything but the 'show'
and 'search' directives.  'man apt-cache' will reveal a number of useful
options.  The '-P' option to dpkg is a shorthand for "purge".

Shawn's LART would purge all installed packages on a Debian system.

While a useful reminder that unexamined code should not be run on a live
system, I don't condone the posting of such examples without warning,
regardless the provocation.

That said, "It's not my fault, somebody told me to!" is among the Famous
Last Words.


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