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Re: extend rm docs (was: slight 'rm --help' confusion)

From: Steven P Schubiger
Subject: Re: extend rm docs (was: slight 'rm --help' confusion)
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2005 12:23:43 +0200 (CEST)

On  8 Apr, Geoffrey Odhner wrote:

: On Thu, 7 Apr 2005 20:01:24 +0200 (CEST) Steven Schubiger wrote:
:>  On  7 Apr, G. Vamsee Krishna wrote:
:>  : Would be nice though if it says that `rm' does the same thing
:>  : to directories too. I still remember using `rmdir' on an empty
:>  : directory about 2 years ago when I started using GNU/Linux.
:>  Could we have some more opiniated input on this issue by others?
:>  If the suggestion gets accepted, I'll poke around a patch.
: In age-old Unix terminology directories are files of a specialized kind.
: Because Linux is meant to be more friendly to people who are not steeped
: in such esoterica it is entirely reasonable that the documentation
: should be revised to be more explicit about the inclusion of directories
: when removing with rm -f, and of the containing directories with rm -rf.
: I, as a long-time Unix user wholeheartedly support clearer, more
: explicit help messages wherever they can relatively succinctly clarify
: the usage of commands.
: Geoff Odhner

If no one else volunteers, I'll fix it.


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