Choosing a distribution

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Tue Nov 6 08:56:00 UTC 2007

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Mario Vukelic wrote:
>> I thought everyone using Unix since the eighties has at least once
>> bungled a command line and wrecked his system by needlessly running as
>> root. I know I have.
> Never!  I've never once done that in any way that took more than 2 or 3
> hours to repair! :-)

I knew a sys admin who once typed 'rm -r -f *' as root having forgotten
he had typed 'cd /' a few commands previously! He wondered why the
command was taking so long before it dawned on him what he had done!
Took about 3 days to rebuild the system.

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