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Re: rm -f: don't confuse turning off prompting and error output


From: Andreas Schwab
Subject: Re: rm -f: don't confuse turning off prompting and error output
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 10:59:17 +0200
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Dan Jacobson <address@hidden> writes:

> $ rm -r /tmp/ji/
> rm: remove write-protected regular file `/tmp/ji/a'? ^C
> $ rm -fr /tmp/jidanni.org/
> $ rm -fr /tmp/jidanni.org/
> $ rm -fr /tmp/jidanni.org/
>
> well, did it remove it or not?*
>
> `-f'
> `--force'
>      Ignore nonexistent files and never prompt the user.  Ignore any
>      previous `--interactive' (`-i') option.
>
>
> well, OK, but prompting the user and emitting error output are
> different things.

Which part of "Ignore nonexistent files" did you not understand?

Andreas.

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