undo rm -rf *

Celik celik.n.00 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 28 07:16:19 UTC 2013

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 5:58 PM, Rick Walker <walker at omnisterra.com> wrote:

> > > I'm not a fan of trash directories.  They give you a second chance, but
> > > you may end up not really deleting things you wanted to delete.  What
> > > about a simple script something like this?
> If you want something a bit more polished, you might check out
> "nrm", available  at http://www.omnisterra.com/walker/linux/nrm.html
Thank you :)

> It's a C program written to have the same arguments, return codes and
> side effects as /bin/rm to the extent possible.
> It moves files into the hidden sub-directory ".gone" instead of removing
> files.  You can remove files with "-s" and you get sequenced backups -
> all files are saved with a time-stamp suffix for fine grained file
> restores.  There is a program "urm" to unremove the file, but most users
> just do "ls .gone" to see what they've recently removed and then just
> "mv" it back to their working directory.
> There is an associated cron job that runs every day to permanently
> remove all deleted files that are older than a configurable age.
> The default is 3 days so you can get things back on Monday that you nuked
> on Friday.
> It's been running on HP-UX since about 1987, and on linux since 1997.
> I'd consider it pretty solid at this point.
> kind regards,
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> Rick Walker
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