Subject: enhanced rm
To: None <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/21/2000 18:45:50
i recently noticed that rm has a -P option to do "simple" secure
deletion of files.  i don't read the rm man page that much, because
there's not much to it, so i imagine it's been there for a long time
and i just never noticed.

anyway...i had some free time and added support for

to rm, specified by giving more than one -P on the command line.  it's
a "better" algorithm for secure file deletion, specifying 35 passes
over the file...probably to get around things like

so anyway...i finished my patch, and it seems to be doing the right
thing, so i was touching up the man page to reflect this and thought
that a reference to the paper found at the first url above would be a
good thing to include in the man page.  is there an established
practice for referencing things like this?

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