/home is symlinked to /usr/home - question about backups

Alex Zbyslaw xfb52 at dial.pipex.com
Mon Mar 20 12:11:05 UTC 2006

Pat Maddox wrote:

> However if I run rsync -avz to back up my
>server, it creates something like this:
>/backup/march/19/home -> /usr/home
>So if I were to go to /backup/march/19 and rm -rf * wouldn't it go and
>delete everything in /usr/home?  
Should add:  In you shell, alias rm to "rm -i" which will ask you about 
deleting anything and everything.  For an rm -r, once you are *sure* 
that you are deleting the right thing, you can ^C, pull back your 
command line and edit it to say "/bin/rm ...".  If you are sure you are 
deleting the right thing, and if you always edit the command line then 
you should never(*) delete something you didn't want to.

(*) Of course, there will still be times when you are not paying enough 
attention and still manage to delete something you didn't intend to, but 
those times should be greatly reduced :-)


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