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Re: Suggestion for rm(1)

From: Eric Blake
Subject: Re: Suggestion for rm(1)
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 16:44:03 -0700
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On 03/11/2010 04:38 PM, Keisial wrote:
>> Note that if you use rm to remove a file, it might be possible to
>> recover the contents of that file, given sufficient expertise and/or
>> time.  If you want more assurance that the contents are truly
>> unrecoverable, consider using shred.
> What about s/the contents/some contents/ ?

I like it.  It does indeed add another realm of caution to the user -
both the user that cares if even one block can be recovered (use of
shred is more important), and the user that cares whether the whole file
can be easily retrieved ('some' is weaker than 'the', and definitely
gives the desired connotation that it is not easy).

Now if someone would submit this rewording in actual patch format...

Eric Blake   address@hidden    +1-801-349-2682
Libvirt virtualization library http://libvirt.org

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