undo rm -rf *

Bill Davidsen davidsen at tmr.com
Sat Mar 30 03:02:39 UTC 2013

Celik wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM, jarmo <oh1mrr at nic.fi <mailto:oh1mrr at nic.fi>>
> wrote:
>     Tue, 26 Mar 2013 22:23:29 +1100
>     Celik <celik.n.00 at gmail.com <mailto:celik.n.00 at gmail.com>> kirjoitti:
>      > 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?
>      >
>      > Regards,
>      > C
>     Just try to find your BACKUP :))
> Very funny :))) Didn't have a backup... :))) ohh dear laughing at lost work...:)))
> Seems like I need pickup new skills on making "proper/better" backups
> Thanks for making me laugh...much appreciated :)))
Actually better skills at scripting might be job one, use of "rm -rf" is ALWAYS 
dangerous, I suggest putting temporary stuff in a subdir using the process id, 
and deleting that at the end. If you miss you don't delete anything.
   mkdir ${MyWk} || exit 2
   # do stuff
   rm -rf ${MyWk}

I would qualify that as "less unsafe" rather than idiot proof, but using both 
the process id and a random number does avoid reusing a name. Note that if the 
mkdir fails the script bails out immediately. Belt and suspenders programming.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at tmr.com>
   "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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