Justin Findlay jfindlay at gmail.com
Sat Mar 11 01:20:54 MST 2006

On 3/11/06, Shane Hathaway <shane at hathawaymix.org> wrote:
> Alex Esplin wrote:
> > On 3/11/06, Jonathan Duncan <jonathan at jkdwebmagic.com> wrote:
> >> On Fri, 10 Mar 2006, Steve wrote:
> >>
> >>> Best solution I could come up with....
> >>> sudo rm -rf /
> >>>
> >>> BTW that was just a joke please don't ever do that
> >>>
> >> Hey I just tried that on my system and now when I type anything I get
> >> "Command not found"...
> >>
> >> ;)
> >
> > That must be a pretty sturdy computer to still say anything after that... :p
> Actually, that's what happens--I have experience.  After the fatal
> command, the kernel, bash, even the GUI all remained in RAM, and through
> the magic of inodes, all of the loaded dynamic libraries remained on
> disk.  But nothing on disk linked to them, so the kernel lay waiting for
> me to kill the running processes, at which time it would shred the last
> bits of the filesystem.  Yet the kernel's desire for carnage could never
> be satisfied, because among the commands deleted were 'kill', 'umount',
> and 'fsck'!  I was also powerless to recover the files.  The battle
> ended with a brand new distribution and a scarred but slightly less
> foolish user.

I did an rm -rf / once out of frustration and spite, ironically since
computers are dumb and thoughtless.  RedHat 8.0 suffered a lot at my
ignorance and stupidity during the first ten (re)installs.


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