After my unfortunate accident, I decided to spend a moment trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Thus, the (semi) idiot-proof ‘rm’ was born:
This is a small script that replaces ‘rm’. Instead of deleting, it moves the files in question to ~/.Trash.
It’ll create a directory structure under ~/.Trash that echoes that of the current working directory, so it’s easy to see where files came from.
Here’s the script:
if [ “$1” = ‘-rf’ -o “$1” = ‘-r’ ]; then
while [ “$1” ] ; do
# If not recursive, skip directories
if [ -d “$1” -a ! “$recursive” ]; then
echo $0: $1: is a directory; shift; continue;
[ ! -d ~/.Trash/“`pwd`” ] && mkdir -p ~/.Trash/“`pwd`”;
mv “$1” ~/.Trash/“`pwd`”;
To use it, save it into a file (I use ~/.trash.sh), then save and set it to executable. Then, open up ~/.bash_profile, and add the line:
That will automatically be run when you log in. To make it work in the current login, just use:
…Or type the alias command straight in.