removing all files with extreme prejudice

Jonathan Stowe jns at
Tue Jun 12 14:10:53 BST 2007

On Tue, 2007-06-12 at 13:25 +0100, Andy Wardley wrote:
> Simon Burr wrote:
> > Still, there are some interesting war stories out there of how to recover
> > from an accidently rm -rf / as root; the best probably being:
> >
> Back in the day we had an old ICL DRS6000 which needed a fresh OS install.
> So just for laughs, a bunch of us sat down and watched what really happens
> when you do run rm -rf / as root.

Earlier versions of DRS/NX would kernel panic if you so much as looked
at them funny so accepting the 25Mhz processor would have slowed it down
a bit - this probably wouldn't have lasted long :-)


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