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Re: etiquette of sharing executable files



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Greg Wooledge wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 07, 2019 at 12:06:36PM +0200, Nicolas George wrote:
>> DO NOT TRY TO SECOND-GUESS THE USER.
>
> While I absolutely agree with that, I would also add:
>
> DO SENSIBLE THINGS BY DEFAULT.
>
> That is, if the user doesn't tell you what to do, try to do the most
> common, or the safest, thing.  But if the user explictly tells you to
> do something, you do it.
>
> Nuking a pre-existing directory's files, for example, is not a sensible
> thing to do by default.  BUT, if the user uses the --wipe-files option
> with the --directory /home/me option, then by all means, nuke those files.

The one time I scripted rm, i tested it with a mv to /tmp first.  saved
my bacon.

and i learned an important lesson about quoting substitutions.


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