Subject: Re: securely erasing a hard disk
To: Philip Jensen <>
From: Thor Lancelot Simon <>
List: tech-security
Date: 10/20/2005 21:20:41
On Fri, Oct 21, 2005 at 01:35:24PM +1300, Philip Jensen wrote:
> If so, then does the -P switch for the NetBSD rm command really
> provide the "security" of data erasure people think they are getting? 
> Or should the man page have an addition of "If you are serious about
> removing all traces of this file then ......."?

Did you read the entire manual page?  The -P option is the subject of
extensive text in the BUGS section and a rather lengthy warning in the
COMPATIBILITY section.  I don't think we could really be much more
specific about it than we already are.