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Re: Removing Directory and Contents with Perl

by ptum (Priest)
on Mar 01, 2007 at 22:31 UTC ( #602797=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Removing Directory and Contents with Perl

Perhaps what you want, for at least some unix variants, is something like this:

#!/usr/local/bin/perl -w use strict; my $deletedir = '/tmp/test1'; my $result = system("rm -rf $deletedir"); print "Result: $result\n";


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Re^2: Removing Directory and Contents with Perl
by shandor (Monk) on Mar 02, 2007 at 02:35 UTC

    I would put some strict testing around an "rm -rf" command, especially if you're running this script as root/Admin. We recently lost several TB of data because a script didn't set the directory variables correctly and ran "rm -rf /*" (instead of "rm -rf $path_to_home/*") as root.

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