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Old 04-14-2016, 11:25 AM   #1
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Default Seriously? System Admin types "rm -rf" and deletes his entire company.

So INCREDIBLY incompetent. WHAT was he thinking?

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A man appears to have deleted his entire company with one mistaken piece of code.

By accidentally telling his computer to delete everything in his servers, hosting provider Marco Marsala has seemingly removed all trace of his company and the websites that he looks after for his customers.

Mr Marsala wrote on a forum for server experts that he was now stuck after having accidentally run destructive code on his own computers. But far from advising them how to fix it, most experts informed him that he had just accidentally deleted the data of his company and its clients, and in so doing had probably destroyed his entire company with just one line of code.

The problem command was "rm -rf": a basic piece of code that will delete everything it is told to
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:49 PM   #3
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If this guy did not have recent backups he shouldn't be in the business anyway.
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Oh, sh*t happens. We had the backup HD for TBM fail and didn't notice it until it's twin that was on our TBM server failed too - and we lost 6 weeks worth of posts last year.

But this was a deliberate command, and something that every newbie knows not to do unless you want to wipe out a server so you can re-purpose it.

It reminds me of a comp-sci student who was one of our IRC ops (something like a moderator but with access to remote commands that controlled the irc software itself). We told him how to split the server from the network and rejoin it to another hub, and all that fun stuff... but never, ever, type /die because that's the command to shut the irc program off. Die the server and it would not only disconnect us from the other chatrooms, it would knock every user and bot off and cause absolute chaos with channel splits and takeovers (200k+ users and thousands of chatrooms) when the server restarted and users rejoined and channels reformed. Jason and I sat there and... it all went down. We laughed. Oh god, he did it! LOL! He couldn't resist trying it out. The server came back up and we rejoined immediately and had one mortified college kid apologize profusely and offer to resign before he had the position even 5 minutes.

I can only imagine some young system admin thinking, this can't possibly wipe everything out. Let me try it and see what it does...

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Old 04-14-2016, 04:15 PM   #5
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There is no excuse for data loss. I have a triple redundant back up system that, even if everything gets fried, a mirror image resides on a server in Ohio. Two are updated instantly, and the offsite every 30 minutes. For such a high tech guy he was pretty damn stupid.
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