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[ale] Never log onto your satellite as root
- Subject: [ale] Never log onto your satellite as root
- From: meuon at geeklabs.com (Mike Harrison)
- Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2007 22:22:56 -0400 (EDT)
- In-reply-to: <[email protected]>
> >I don't get the "rm -rf /". Was that a joke inserted by the author of
> >the piece? Every link says it was an orientation command that was
It's probably just an analogy or bad reporting.
Back when I ran an ISP and server farm(s), no-one got root access to a
production server until they did that, ("rm -r -f *" usually) to a
personal workstation or non-production server.
To this day, when I type "rm -r -f *" or anything similiar,
I pause, take a deep breath, make sure I'm on the server/system I think I
am, and where I think I should be.. breath again, check again,
and -then- press enter.
One of the worst 2am calls of my life, was to one of the other sysadmin/programmers:
"Andrew, when did the backups run?" - Luckily, it was 30 minutes before I
accidently wiped the drives at 2am. Luckily, few people noticed and
almsot all was recovered.
When intelligent people with lots of access make mistakes...
Feces impacts the rotating blades at high speed.