I'd like to add that the energy and interest that has been shown in this thread, the fact that it was started at all (thanks aysiu, you are very cool) the utter willingness to change signatures and so on demonstrates a culture that people WILL want to be a part of. You're all solving a problem that could adversely affect Linux's place in the world and thereby CREATING a stronger place for LInux in this world. Sweet, sweet irony - in your FACE, trolls!
I think some people should change their sig from (this is generic) "don't follow and commands with rm in them" or "don't follow this command (rm rf /home) it will delete your home folder!!!
I think (some people have this) would be better:
Don't follow any commands with rm in them unless you know what you are doing and what They are removing.
??? Just a suggestion.
I don't really mind, and it's starting to get to me.
This a great Idea and I will support it (it might not get changed now, but it will change)
I conffess I skipped the middle 16 pages of this thread so I don't know if someone posted this already but what about Sending an automatic PM to new users something like:
Welcome to the Ubuntu Forums,
We are glad to have you........yadda ya.......we would like to make you aware that some people have been posting Malicious code to these forums........banned forever for doing so ......just a heads up. Have Fun.
Something to let the new users know what is going on. Again, this can be ignored pretty easily but it will help.
Registered Linux User: 453202 Registered Ubuntu User:17339
WARNING: Don't take code or candy from strangers.
Strictly in the interest of science I tried the command on a couple of installations. Yes, it will eat your entire system.
Apparently there's an option for the rm command to protect the root directory, in which case a small error message or warning spits out, if you try to delete "/". Look at the man pages for rm, if you want details.
Unfortunately, that option is not the default in Ubuntu, although it is in other distros.
I filed a bug report against the coreutils package (which is where the rm command resides) asking that option to be reversed -- that the root directory be protected by default, with the override flag available if you know what you're doing.
If you can confirm or otherwise comment on the bug, I'd appreciate it. A simple safeguard like switching the default might help prevent a few newcomers from accidentally deleting everything.
Ubuntu user #7247 :: Linux user #409907
OK - here's my small contribution to the novice members of our community.
Why did RAV change his back I wonder?
If at first you don't succeed - just buy the company and tell them to make the one you want.
I can explain what the rm means from my mad skillz reading of ubuntu knowledge book.
f = force, so it doesn't ask you to confirm, otherwise it would
r = recursive, will delete all subdirectories.
That's why rm rf in your home folder is so painful. Normally when you fire up terminal it is in the home directory. People could add the cd .. to it as well to make sure you are in the home. It will delete all your important files in your home folder (even hidden) ones and all their subdirectories... Scary.
Is there a reason not to update 'coreutils'?