If ever there was a time you wish you could click ‘undo’, this would be it.
But while most people are often rescued by the quick ‘control+z’ command – seeing their entire document return to the screen after inadvertently deleting it all – there was no such saving grace for Marco Marsala.
The command, “rm -rf”, deletes everything it is told to and blocks the helpful warnings that usually inform the user that something is being deleted. In this case, because he hadn’t specified what he wanted deleted, it erased everything.
With super-user permissions comes great responsibility, which unfortunately doesn’t help with stupidity.