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    What happens when you...

    I seriously want to know what happens when you do this:

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    sudo rm -rf /*
    I'm sure someone has done it before.

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    Re: What happens when you...

    Wow, I just noticed the "dangerous commands" thread...maybe this should be closed.

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    Re: What happens when you...

    Yes, what that command does is delete everything on your partition...
    Never do it!

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    Re: What happens when you...

    Well, what I really want to know is what happens after. I mean, does the OS halt or anything like that?

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    Re: What happens when you...

    Don't do that you will lose all data in that partition. Even though Linux is free and you can always recover =)

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    Re: What happens when you...

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocrazy View Post
    Well, what I really want to know is what happens after. I mean, does the OS halt or anything like that?
    you would need to reinstall, because everything is gone

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    Re: What happens when you...

    There are lots of videos of it on youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWOjmvWPRvQ

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    Re: What happens when you...

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmocrazy View Post
    I seriously want to know what happens when you do this:

    Code:
    sudo rm -rf /*
    I'm sure someone has done it before.
    just search on youtube if you want to know what it does. a couple people have posted videos of the command in action.

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    Re: What happens when you...

    What happens after is really nothing much. You cant use the shutdown options because it doesn't know how to use them. So you have to hold the power button until it shuts down and then start over.

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