Re: Join the fight against malicious commands given to new users
I understand your comparison, and I'm not to downplay what you've said, you made an excellent point, but if anything I'm trying to emphasize the responsibility part of what you said. If you tell someone never to run sudo rm -rf, they are still going to blindly cut and paste anything else not related to rm -rf. You haven't taught them anything. If I can borrow your same analogy, thats like saying, NEVER touch a gun, but here's a bunch of shiny knives to play with.
Originally Posted by NineseveN
As far as mkfs or rm -rf being suitable. Most people running ubuntu have already used mkfs and don't even realize they have. of course, it was done in a scripted manner. My point though, is that they are vital system commands, and I think that they become suitable the minute someone asks about them. Its not up to me to decide whats suitable for a new user to do with their system, maybe they bought a new hard drive, maybe they are cleaning off an old one that used to have XP on it.. However, as an experienced user, it is up to me to help a new user understand what they are asking for.
Last edited by toupeiro; November 21st, 2007 at 08:37 PM.
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