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RE: Yes, do as I say!

True, but it makes you think about what you're doing!
I was told once to type in a confirmation message that said 'Yes, I
understand this could be dangerous' or something like that.

-----Original Message-----
From: Phil Edwards [mailto:phil@jaj.com]
Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 3:48 PM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Yes, do as I say!

After seeing repeated upgrades of coreutils, and noting that the description
for the other three central *utils packages had been changed to "empty
package for upgrading, remove at will," I told it to purge shellutils and
textutils.[*]  And I got

    WARNING: The following essential packages will be removed
    This should NOT be done unless you know exactly what you are doing!
      shellutils textutils
    You are about to do something potentially harmful
    To continue type in the phrase 'Yes, do as I say!'

I think this is a hilarious choice of confirmation phrases.  Good pick,
dpkg authors!  You made my day.

(Preventing stupid people from trying "/usr/bin/yes | apt-get ...",

[*]  fileutils is depended on by the kernel source package

I would therefore like to posit that computing's central challenge, viz.
not to make a mess of it," has /not/ been met.
                                                 - Edsger Dijkstra,

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