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From: "Robert P. J. Day" <rpjday@crashcourse.ca>
To: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu>
Cc: Jeff King <peff@peff.net>, Todd Zullinger <tmz@pobox.com>,
	Git Mailing list <git@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: "git rm" seems to do recursive removal even without "-r"
Date: Sat, 7 Oct 2017 17:40:56 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <alpine.LFD.2.21.1710071740260.16732@localhost.localdomain> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20171007210500.s3s5q53qihtf2s32@thunk.org>

On Sat, 7 Oct 2017, Theodore Ts'o wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 07, 2017 at 03:43:43PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> > >   -r
> > > 	Recursively remove the contents of any directories that match
> > > 	`<file>`.
> > >
> > > or something.
> >
> >   it's been a long week, so take this in the spirit in which it is
> > intended ... i think the "git rm" command and its man page should be
> > printed out, run through a paper shredder, then set on fire. i can't
> > remember the last time i saw such a thoroughly badly-designed,
> > badly-documented and non-intuitive utility.
> >
> >   i'm going to go watch football now and try to forget this horror.
>
> It sounds like the real issue here is that you are interpreting
> "recursively" to mean "globbing".  Your original complaint seemed to
> be a surprise that "git rm book/\*.asc" would delete all of the files
> in the directory "book" that ended in .asc, even without the -r flag.
>
> That's because the operation of matching *.asc is considered
> "globbing".  Now if there were directories whose name ended in .asc,
> then they would only be deleted if the -r flag is given.  Deleting
> directories and their contents is what is considered "recursive
> removal".
>
> That's not particularly surprising to me as a long-time Unix/Linux
> user/developer, since that's how things work in Unix/Linux:
>
> % touch 1.d 2.d ; mkdir 3.d 4.d
> % /bin/ls
> 1.d  2.d  3.d  4.d
> % rm -r *.d
> % touch 1.d 2.d ; mkdir 3.d 4.d
> % rm *.d
> rm: cannot remove '3.d': Is a directory
> rm: cannot remove '4.d': Is a directory
>
> I'm going to guess that you don't come from a Unix background?

  yeah, that must be it, i'm a newbie at linux. let's go with that.

rday

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Thread overview: 29+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-10-07 18:39 Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-07 19:04 ` Todd Zullinger
2017-10-07 19:12   ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-07 19:29     ` Jeff King
2017-10-07 19:32       ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-07 19:38         ` Jeff King
2017-10-07 19:43           ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-07 21:05             ` Theodore Ts'o
2017-10-07 21:40               ` Robert P. J. Day [this message]
2017-10-07 21:44             ` Paul Smith
2017-10-07 21:55               ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-08  4:20                 ` Junio C Hamano
2017-10-08  9:07                   ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-08 11:37                     ` Kevin Daudt
2017-10-08 11:56                   ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-08 12:23                     ` Martin Ågren
2017-10-08 12:39                     ` René Scharfe
2017-10-08 12:45                       ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-10 11:52                     ` Heiko Voigt
2017-10-11  8:31                       ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-08 14:32                 ` Paul Smith
2017-10-08 18:40                   ` Theodore Ts'o
2017-10-08 19:44                     ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-08 20:42                       ` Theodore Ts'o
2017-10-09 17:52                         ` Jeff King
2017-10-10  8:36                           ` Robert P. J. Day
2017-10-10  8:58                             ` Junio C Hamano
2017-10-10 12:19                             ` Paul Smith
2017-10-10 19:44                               ` Robert P. J. Day

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