Subject: Re: forbidding rm -rf /
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 10/05/2004 17:10:47
[Thus spake Hubert Feyrer ("HF: ") Tomorrow...]

HF: On Tue, 5 Oct 2004, Christos Zoulas wrote:
HF: >> Solaris 10 doesn't allow "rm -rf /" -- should we do the same?
HF: > What next? Forbidding 'cd / && rm -rf *'?
HF: I wonder if we could give some systrace examples for that...
HF:   - Hubert

This ranks right up there with their escapades into SunOS 4 in which
if any of*,, or /dev/zero disappeared, most programs
would stop working, as most of them were dynamically linked.  No,
I've already ranted on dynalinking in /bin and /sbin, so I won't
do it here.

But if you lose /dev/zero through a mistake, and mknod lived in /usr/sbin,
and /usr/sbin/mknod was dynamically linked, well...

[Yes, I commented on that in the blog.  What a mind-numbingly STUPID
pretense for a hack.]

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