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Man Deletes His Whole Company With One Bad Line of Code


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#1 MrClose

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 02:49 PM

OOPS! r0ysk4.jpg

 

 

By Eric Limer
Apr 14, 2016
 

The next time you accidentally close a file without saving, just keep in mind that it could be worse. You could be Marco Marsala, a hosting provider who accidentally and irrevocably deleted his entire business with a faulty line of code.

 

As Marsala wrote on Server Fault, a forum where he was asking for help with the bind he'd gotten himself into, "I run a small hosting provider with more or less 1535 customers ...All servers got deleted and the offsite backups too."

 


http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/a20405/man-deletes-company-and-backups-accidentally/

 



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Posted 14 April 2016 - 02:59 PM

:hysterical:

 

Sorry... but I can't help it. Kind of feel bad for the guy... but c'mond dude. Why are you using that command in the first place? And why do you have absolutely no backup data offline!!??


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 03:08 PM

:lmao: To funny!


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Posted 14 April 2016 - 03:35 PM

Like somebody else noted. Sounds more like a troll and looking for SEO.

From his own instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAFnc9cAZNi/?taken-by=marcomarsala on Jan 3, 2016

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 04:54 PM

That screenshot was posted yesterday on /g/ as part of a "Your biggest tech bleepup". Funny as hell, real or not :P

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:56 AM

Like somebody else noted. Sounds more like a troll and looking for SEO.

From his own instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAFnc9cAZNi/?taken-by=marcomarsala on Jan 3, 2016

Animal hit the nail on the head.

 

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2454743/man-destroys-his-entire-company-with-a-five-character-bash-command



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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:46 AM

The dreaded 5 characters strike again... (although technically 8 if you include the - and whitespace)
rm -rf /

Edited by ScathEnfys, 18 April 2016 - 11:48 AM.

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 01:21 PM

 

but c'mond dude. Why are you using that command in the first place?

 

Because sometimes you are writing a bash script and not paying attention to where you actually are in the file system...

Yes, i rm'd an entire /home directory on a live production server. (back-ups are a wonderful thing)

And "rm -rf  /*is the proper way to destroy the system. Wildcards FTW.


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Posted 18 April 2016 - 01:30 PM

 

 

but c'mond dude. Why are you using that command in the first place?

 

Because sometimes you are writing a bash script and not paying attention to where you actually are in the file system...

Yes, i rm'd an entire /home directory on a live production server. (back-ups are a wonderful thing)

And "rm -rf  /*is the proper way to destroy the system. Wildcards FTW.

 

True, though at least you had backups! Should always have backups. Ah right, gotta have the wildcard in there for a true TIFU moment.


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Posted 18 April 2016 - 04:31 PM

And "rm -rf  /*is the proper way to destroy the system. Wildcards FTW.

Ah right, gotta have the wildcard in there for a true TIFU moment.

No real need for wildcards since you have the "-r " argument... Read this for more info.  :wink: 
 
And most distributions have a failsafe!

Output on a Peppermint 6 VM:

username@PPM ~ $ sudo rm -rf /
[sudo] password for username: 
rm: it is dangerous to operate recursively on ‘/’
rm: use --no-preserve-root to override this failsafe
username@PPM ~ $ 

 DISCLAIMER:  DO NOT RUN THAT COMMAND unless you know what you're doing!  :P

 

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 05:53 PM

If it's on the internet it must be true... Ha Ha!

 

Much ado about nothing folks... Sorry!

 

Ya 'all fell for it and it doesnt deserve a topic!

 

http://www.csoonline.com/article/3057198/cloud-computing/that-man-who-deleted-his-entire-company-with-a-line-of-code-it-was-a-hoax.html



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Posted 18 April 2016 - 07:21 PM

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Read the other posts... we are just laughing about the whole thing. Most of us realized something was afoot.
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 01:52 PM

Like somebody else noted. Sounds more like a troll and looking for SEO.

From his own instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAFnc9cAZNi/?taken-by=marcomarsala on Jan 3, 2016

 
 

Like somebody else noted. Sounds more like a troll and looking for SEO.

From his own instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BAFnc9cAZNi/?taken-by=marcomarsala on Jan 3, 2016

Animal hit the nail on the head.
 
http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2454743/man-destroys-his-entire-company-with-a-five-character-bash-command

 
 

If it's on the internet it must be true... Ha Ha!
 
Much ado about nothing folks... Sorry!
 
Ya 'all fell for it and it doesnt deserve a topic!
 
http://www.csoonline.com/article/3057198/cloud-computing/that-man-who-deleted-his-entire-company-with-a-line-of-code-it-was-a-hoax.html


No we didn't all fall for it as ScathEnfys said. It's a General discussion topic because it is on the internet. That is what this forum category is for.

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