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Jan 29, 2009, 04:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

"It's good advice. There's an unfortunate tradition, among some Linux users, of documenting command-line operations in their most abstruse possible form, in order to show off the poster's coding prowess. Instead of explaining what's happening one step at a time, Linux documentation in forums and how-to's often strings together multiple commands in a dense series of pipes that users are expected to paste in and execute in good faith. Mathis offers some advice about how to evaluate such scripts and judge their potential to do harm. She suggests Googling unknown commands, and being wary of commands like rm -rf, dd, mkfs, and even tar, all of which have the potential to destroy your Linux filesystem."

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