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shred command. Autodetect file type

From: John Darrington
Subject: shred command. Autodetect file type
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 16:10:44 +0800

if --remove (-u) is specified.  The default is not to remove the files because 
it is common to operate on device files like /dev/hda,
       and those files usually should not be removed.  When operating on 
regular files, most people use the --remove option.

Why not use the stat system call to find out what type of file we're dealing 
with, and then remove or not remove accordingly ?

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