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From "Owen O'Malley (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Commented: (HADOOP-431) default behaviour of dfsShell -rm should resemble 'rm -i', not 'rm -rf'
Date Tue, 08 Aug 2006 22:39:17 GMT
    [ http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-431?page=comments#action_12426760 ] 
Owen O'Malley commented on HADOOP-431:

-1 on making -i the default. (*smile* "-1" even looks like "-i")

Part of the problem with even making the unix default the default is that in Hadoop, every
logical file is modelled as a directory with a bunch of files in it (eg. my-data/part-* ).
I'd suggest that the default should be willing to delete a first-level directory, but not
a second-level or higher directory. (I'm defining a first-level directory to mean a directory
with no sub-directories.)

> default behaviour of dfsShell -rm should resemble 'rm -i', not 'rm -rf'
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: HADOOP-431
>                 URL: http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/HADOOP-431
>             Project: Hadoop
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>            Reporter: Yoram Arnon
> when using hadoop dfs -rm <path> the behaviour is like that of rm -rf.
> That's very dangerous.
> A better behaviour would require a confirmation and allow removal of files only by default.
Optional flags would allow recursive and forced deleted.

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