removing all files with extreme prejudice

Dan Rowles d.rowles at
Tue Jun 12 17:54:43 BST 2007

One of the great benefits of VMWare is that you can now do experiments 
like this on the O/S of your choice :)


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.
> It was rather interesting (in an admittedly geeky way) to see how an
> operating system eats itself from the inside out.  All sorts of interesting
> errors started getting thrown up as critical libraries and other files
> disappeared.  The details are fuzzy, but I seem to recall it eventually
> got itself caught up in an infinite tizzy with the virtual memory manager.
> Must try it again sometime...
> A

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