Some questions for a newbie

Chris Green chris at
Mon Jul 28 09:18:07 CEST 2003

On Sun, Jul 27, 2003 at 02:17:20PM -0700, Rich Shepard wrote:
> On Sun, 27 Jul 2003, Mark Welker wrote:
> > When I started using Linux in 1998 I made a big mistake and still don't
> > know how I did it. I was not use to reading man pages and was trying to
> > figure out tar and gzip. Some how I managed to make the system one big
> > tarball and erased every thing else. I learned my lesson. You can make
> > tarballs and do just about every other thing without being root.
>   We all have horror stories like this. Before I aliased 'rm' to 'rm -i' (to
> confirm I really want to delete a file), my fingers got ahead of my brain
> and I inadvertently deleted _all_ the dot-files in my home directory. Quick:
> can you name all the dot-files you have? :-)
>   Anyway, after the moment of panic wore off I got the last weekly, full
> backup and restored them all from tape. Ever since I accept typing 'y' to
> the question, 'Remove ...?'.
... and as a result you get to the stage where you automatically type
'y' and end up in the same place as you were originally but with a
slower interface.

Systems that ask me if *really* want to do what I've just asked them
to do just annoy me.

Chris Green (chris at

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