Subject: Re: Larger rm Change
To: Andrew Brown <>
From: Emmanuel Dreyfus <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 01/09/2003 20:42:08
> root isn't prevented from deleting the user's files, but is simply
> required to take an extra step to delete them.  in the case of
> unattended deletion (eg tmp clean up), rm could be preceded by a call
> to chflags -RP.  just about all other instance of root deleting trees
> of files where a user may have set a flag like this are going to be
> manual.

I understood your position, but I think introducing this oddity on
NetBSD is bad. Think about the person administering many OSes. "Why on
earth does rm -Rf does not work for that directory on NetBSD?"

Emmanuel Dreyfus.
"Le 80x86 n'est pas si complexe - il n'a simplement pas de sens"
(Mike Johnson, responsable de la conception x86 chez AMD)