[Techtalk] New to the list...new to linux

Kai MacTane kmactane at GothPunk.com
Mon Oct 1 11:55:21 EST 2001

At 9/30/01 07:45 AM , Michael Carson wrote:
>the sunlover2 wrote:
>>Dear Tianna:
>>I start to worry about you. You are in big danger of deleting these files 
>>by accident- sincerely hope you haven't done so. If they are important 
>>and you have no backup, the only thing you can do then is crying :-(
>    This is not strictly true.
>    Also, if you're nervous, there is no reason you couldn't alias the rm 
> command to mv the files to your own user defined Recycle Bin....

Another useful trick for being careful with rm commands is to try them with 
ls first. That will get you a list of all the things that are about to get 
nuked. Then, if you like it, you can just press the up-arrow key to 
reconstitute that command line (assuming you're using a modern shell, like 
bash or tcsh), back up to the beginning of the line, replace ls with rm, 
and voila!

                                                 --Kai MacTane
"And the Devil in a black dress watches over,
  My guardian angel walks away..."
                                                 --Sisters of Mercy,
                                                  "Temple of Love"

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