Secure Deletion (Like shred for Linux)??

Chris Pressey cpressey at
Mon Dec 15 11:48:28 PST 2003

On Mon, 15 Dec 2003 13:31:52 -0600
"Pratt, Benjamin E." <bepratt at> wrote:

> Hello -
> I'm fairly new to FreeBSD and was wondering if there are any other
> programs out there for secure deletion.  I know that you can use the
> -P flag with rm to overwrite files but you can't specify the
> iterations of overwriting.
> What I'm looking for is something similar to (or exactly like) shred
> for Linux.  Is it out there??
> Thanks,
> Ben


The only programs I've seen like what you describe are 'obliterate' and


I'm not sure either of them does exactly what you want (specifying how
many times to overwrite the file,) but they may be worth checking out.


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