A safe alternative for "rm".
A safe alternative for
rmwith minimum difference
Ports: See #ports
rm-protectionis a safe alternative for removing files. It works exactly the same as
rm(in fact it passes arguments to
rmalmost untouched). The only difference is that it refuses to proceed if a
.*.rm-protectionfile is found and you failed to answer a question.
I watched GitLab engineers trying to recover their production database live on YouTube.
Suddenly an idea struck me: What if
rmprompted to ask "Which server are you on?" or "Which database are you trying to delete?"?
The disaster could have been avoided.
Install from PyPi and make an alias for
pip install rm-protectionand optionally,
alias rm="rm-p"for your daily user and root (so that it works for
Protect your files using
protect. If you want to protect everything inside,
It consists of two utilities:
protect. The latter one is to help you protect files.
For example, you have a file called
important_fileand it is
rm-pwill recognize that
important_fileis protected and prompt to ask you a question stored in
rm-pwill only proceed if you get the answer right.
See it in action:
It will also prevent you from deleting a directory with
protected file(s) inside.
| Methods | Can be used as "rm"? | Protect Specific Files | Flexibility | Additional Files | | ---------------------------------------- | -------------------- | ---------------------- | ----------- | ------------------ | | trash-cli | Yes | Somehow | High | Centralised Config | | rm -i | Yes | No or Somehow | High | | | safe-rm | Yes | Yes | Low | Centralized Config | | rm-protection | Yes | Yes | High | One for each |
rm-protectionaims at providing maximum protection and flexibility while making minimum impact on daily operation.
rm -ican be very annoying,
trash-cliis a bit complex (imagine you have a habit of emptying the trash without a second thought, or imagine you are trying to free up spaces on a budget vm).
Safe-rmis inconvenient when you really need to delete something (you have to edit the configuration file).
rm-protectionasks you a question set by you. You are fully covered when removing files (you won't accidentally empty the trash with
rm -i), and you can quickly remove files (without editing any configuration files).
Pull requests and issues are all welcome! Or tell others about this, so you can even
protectthe files you send to others!
Actually I don't care if people are using my implementation at all. I just think this kind of mechanism can be great -- using a
.rm-protectionfile that asks questions.
If the community welcomes this mechanism, it will soon be ported/rewritten in every platform or languages, or even be implemented in the GNU coreutils. Then you can even get some default protections shipped with distributions and packages.
So if you agree on this mechanism, please share with others!
Current only offers binaries for Linux, source code available for building in macOS and unix.
(Note that it may behave slightly differently from
rm-protectionand it has not been tested by me.)