[clug] Spreading the joy!

Paul Warren u3292467 at anu.edu.au
Wed Oct 27 02:33:54 GMT 2004

Darren Freeman wrote:
> Hi all,
> just thought you'd get a chuckle out of the horrendously brain-dead
> thing I did today.
> At a root prompt, working dir was /usr and I typed:
> rm -Rf bin
> Now, let it be known, I thought I was in /usr/local =)
> Search for the "undo" key! THERE'S NO UNDO KEY!!
> Not a very functional system at that point, facial expression changed,
> internal curse words were uttered.
> Lucky I had a year-old backup. Lucky the system hadn't been used in a
> year too ;) Couldn't rsync, couldn't do much of anything but burn a
> rewritable with the backup and carry it over. Did I mention the machine
> lives in a cleanroom :)
> Have fun,
> Darren

Recently I did a debian install for a client.  I set the root password 
and promptly forgot it, before writing it down. a total mind blank, I 
still don't remember what I set it to.  I just restarted the install, 
wrote down the password, then set it :o)

Now I'm administering this machine from 4 hours away.

Another thing, this particular company didn't care about network 
security, their philosophy was that only employees can get into the 
building to access the Samba Share I set up, so they didn't want 
passwords protecting it!  I couldn't convince them that this was a "Bad 
Idea" TM.  and the customer is always right so i let it go

anyone else seen this sort of thing, and what should I do about it?

Paul Warren
u3292467 at anu dot edu dot au

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