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Yufan Lou

I have found that I never use rm -rf * in the first place. Either I don't need the folder so I get out and remove it without the glob, or the clean up procedure is part of a build script that I don't manually type out.

But habit can't prevent one-shot brain shorts so here is a Server Fault question: How do I prevent accidental rm -rf /*?