Beware of errant spaces

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Beware of inadvertent spaces in directory names when using rm -rf, it can kill you without asking first.

I figured I would cleanup some junk piling up in several directories of my laptop: /tmp, /var, etc.

I accidentally hit the space-bar, causing this to appear at the prompt:

$ rm -rf /var /spool/...

And just when that little teenie space caught my attention, it was already too late. There was nothing else I could do but cry. Just for fun (and also hoping for a miracle) I rebooted my laptop, but it choked anyway.

Better be more careful next time.

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