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Old 10-05-2010
rm -rf issues

We are using the solaris server and if i am using rm -rf to delete the directories its asking the confirmation for each and every file inside the directory.Is there any way to disable ( should not ask the confirmation) only for a particular session?
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Old 10-05-2010
When the -f option is used, there is no confirmation prompting. Use the real rm command and not an alias or something:
/usr/bin/rm -rf ...

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Old 10-05-2010
Originally Posted by sureshbabuc
We are using the solaris server and if i am using rm -rf to delete the directories its asking the confirmation for each and every file inside the directory.Is there any way to disable ( should not ask the confirmation) only for a particular session?
yes double check is its not aliased

just type alias at the prompt ...

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Old 10-05-2010
Or use:
\rm -rf

to bypass alias definitions

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Old 10-05-2010
If it isn't an alias, which I suspect it is, can you tell us the ownership, the permissions on the parent directory and the O/S version ?

Ive found in the past on various UNIX that if the directory is owned by someone else and there are certain permissions on it (setuid/setgid/sticky bit) then you can be asked about removal of files...UNIX platforms do differ in their implementation of these bits however...
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Old 11-09-2010
what type of account do you use? besides that if you use root it should not be prompted with that since -f stands for Force. hm.. can you give more details?
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Old 01-06-2011
should be aliased....check your should find something like alias rm='xyz'...where xyz could rm -i or a script you have placed else where.
Are you running as root?
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