undo rm -rf *

Celik celik.n.00 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 16:11:54 UTC 2013

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:14 AM, Bruno Wolff III <bruno at wolff.to> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 22:23:29 +1100,
>   Celik <celik.n.00 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Had a logic error in my bash script and did "rm -rf *" on my current
>> working directory. Any tips for undoing such an error?
> I've done worse. I once did rm -rf .* to try to remove some config files
> in a home directory. I forgot that .* matched .. and deleted a lot of stuff
> I didn't want to.

Bruno, after such an experience, did you come up with an alternative
solution to using "rm -rf"?
"rm -i" is good as it prompts before deletion however it becomes tedious if
there are a lot of files to be deleted, hence "rm -rf" seems ideal but
dangerous if not cautious :(
Had a look on google, there was one particular recommendation that caught
me attention (sorry I don't have the link). It was recommended to mv the
files (and/or folders) to be deleted into a tmp directory. I'm planning to
try that in my future code, we'll see how things go.

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