DragonFly bugs List (threaded) for 2006-07
Re: rm -rf and recursive nothing
Simon 'corecode' Schubert wrote:
Erik Wikström wrote:
What one is saying in effect is "I may not have gotten all this
right, or there may be surprises, so I want to see and specifically
approve each/some actions".
The problem arises when -i/-I us used with -f, which by the same
reasoning also should be at "the top of the food-chain". -f says that
I know what I'm doing so don't bother me with asking for confirmation.
Not that I don't approve of the way things are at the moment but I can
see why some might not agree.
I don't agree with the meaning. For me -f means "try to remove in every
case and don't fail", i.e. also remove write-protected files and don't
fail if the files didn't even exist.
Regardless of -f or any other command-tail's 'power' or absolutism, -i, -I are
*different*, they don't DO anything 'final', but rather insure at least the
opportunity to review other things that usually are. Parking on the <Return> key
is a separate matter.
-i / -I are safety-nets, not fs-modifier actions, hence if/as/when present, MUST
NOT be disregarded.
To do otherwise is tantamount to saying that the trigger should always over-ride
the safety-catch on a loaded firearm  AND that one MAY or MAY NOT even have
their eyes open or care in what direction it is pointing when pulling that trigger.
Or that a vehicle's steering may be disabled if the throttle is wide-open .
Good a way as any of seriously damaging oneself - or others.
 Some firearms are made that work that way. That doesn't make it a good idea.
 Characteristic of certain motorcycles... ;-)