Alex Esplin alex.esplin at gmail.com
Sat Mar 11 01:34:05 MST 2006

On 3/11/06, Shane Hathaway <shane at hathawaymix.org> wrote:
> Alex Esplin wrote:
> > 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.

That's pretty interesting.  Having never tried 'rm -rf /' I had no
experience with that.  I suppose I could have figured that out if I
had thought about it.  You really do learn something new every day.

Alex Esplin

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