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Top Forums UNIX for Dummies Questions & Answers How can I automatically find important files??? Post 19961 by Kelam_Magnus on Thursday 18th of April 2002 11:13:37 AM
Old 04-18-2002

I think that TRUEST wanted to also manage these files to make sure they STAY in the users' home directories as well as when he creates new users. You also have to take into account that the user will have other files in their home dirs. So, you must specifically check for the files in question.

That's why I included a line to check for them as well by name and quantity.

BTW, it is also good to let them write the script and not give it all away. They will never learn if we give them the answers.

Outlines are good but not actual full blown code, even though I did kinda the same thing.


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SAFE-RM(1)						User Contributed Perl Documentation						SAFE-RM(1)

safe-rm - wrapper around the rm command to prevent accidental deletions USAGE
safe-rm [ ... ] (same arguments as rm) DESCRIPTION
safe-rm prevents the accidental deletion of important files by replacing rm with a wrapper which checks the given arguments against a configurable blacklist of files and directories which should never be removed. Users who attempt to delete one of these protected files or directories will not be able to do so and will be shown a warning message instead. safe-rm is meant to replace the rm command so you can achieve this by putting a symbolic link with the name "rm" in a directory which sits at the front of your path. For example, given this path: PATH=/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin You could create the following symbolic link: ln -s /usr/local/bin/safe-rm /usr/local/bin/rm CONFIGURATION
Protected paths can be set both at the site and user levels. Both of these configuration files can contain a list of important files or directories (one per line): /etc/safe-rm.conf ~/.safe-rm If both of these are empty, a default list of important paths will be used. /usr/lib/* will protect all of the files inside the /usr/lib directory if they are referred to directly, but it will not protect your system against: rm -rf /usr/lib For a full protection, you should include both of these lines: /usr/lib /usr/lib/* EXIT STATUS
Same exit status as the real rm command. Note that if all file arguments are skipped by safe-rm then the exit status will be the same as the exit status of the real rm when no files arguments are present. BUGS AND LIMITATIONS
Note that if you put the following in your protected paths list: $ cat /etc/safe-rm.conf /usr/lib Then safe-rm will prevent you from deleting the directory: $ rm -rf /usr/lib Skipping /usr/lib /bin/rm: missing operand Try `/bin/rm --help' for more information. However it cannot protect you from the following: $ cd /usr/lib $ rm -f * AUTHOR
Francois Marier <francois@safe-rm.org.nz> SEE ALSO
Copyright (C) 2008-2009 Francois Marier This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>. perl v5.14.2 2012-05-28 SAFE-RM(1)

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