From: Chris Higgins (chris.higgins at domain horizon.ie)
Date: Fri 24 Aug 2001 - 10:32:10 IST
> On Fri, Aug 24, 2001 at 09:27:41AM +0100 or thereabouts, John P. Looney wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 24, 2001 at 09:04:19AM +0100, Wynne, Conor mentioned:
> > > I may aswell tell y'all. I actualy ran rm -rf / [enter] Ahhh!!!!
> > >
> > > It was about a month ago here in work. I have no idea why I did this -
> > > Hangover? I think what I was trying to achieve was to delete the core files
> > > from / and I got the syntax wrong - way wrong.
> > >
> > > Ah well. No bother.
> > Ah yes. The old "rm -rf / core" yes ?
> I think it's something that *every* sysadmin should be programmed to do
> (randomly) once in a root shell. The idea behind this is that, at some
> stage in your career, you'll do it so let's get it over with early and then
> you can forget about it.
Not only will you get over it once, and learn not to do it again - but it
should also nail into the back of your head the absolute importance of
backups... just so when a junior admin goes through his/her initiation..
you can smile knowingly and wisely.. generating that aura of 'unix god'..
And then pull out the backup tape, restore the files (remembering the
syntax to restore without having to read man pages) and sit there for
a week watching to see how much effort they put into doing the backups.
On that topic - how many people actually keep historical copies of backups ?
Is everyone just rolling over tapes, or do people run a grandfather/father/son
pattern with the occasional 'grandfather' tape being put into a 'keep forever'
stack. (just curious)
> Conor Daly
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