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Terrement Inactive Member14 Apr 2016 6:44 a.m. PST


"A man appears to have deleted his entire company with one mistaken piece of code.

By accidentally telling his computer to delete everything in his servers, hosting provider Marco Marsala has, according to tech "experts", removed all trace of his company and the websites that he looks after for his customers.

Mr Marsala wrote on a forum for server experts that he was now stuck after having accidentally run destructive code on his own computers. But far from advising them how to fix it, most experts informed him that he had just accidentally deleted the data of his company and its clients, and in so doing had probably destroyed his entire company with just one line of code."

Hate it when that happens. Guess he didn't have, like a cloth, for wiping the server.

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member14 Apr 2016 8:10 a.m. PST

And no back ups… that is not good.

Buff Orpington Inactive Member14 Apr 2016 8:11 a.m. PST

The moral being. "If it matters, make regular backups."

GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member14 Apr 2016 8:15 a.m. PST

Oh, he did make back ups – just they were attached to the system and got nuked as well – so he's left with no surviving back ups.

Zyphyr14 Apr 2016 8:40 a.m. PST

If your backups are on the same system, they aren't actually backups.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP14 Apr 2016 9:02 a.m. PST

Yeah, that's not a backup that's a copy. Backups need to be in another room and not connected, at least, and preferably off site.

But surely his domain name is still registered somewhere, so not all trace of his company is gone. And the bank accounts wouldn't have been affected. He still has his computer and internet connection, his "means of production". So the company isn't gone, he just destroyed all his products and inventory.

But more importantly, he probably failed to exercise reasonable care in handling his customer's data, so he's going to get sued out of existence.

Funny thing is, that code should have asked for a root password before deleting protected files, which should have given him a chance to realize what was happening. He have given the script root privileges, which is very dangerous and generally frowned upon.

There are several mistakes in the article, missing apostrophes, vernacular use of some terms, but worse of all the "-r" in "rm -rf" doesn't mean delete everything in this directory, but everything in all subdirectories and those subdirectories, it stands for recursive. Just thought you should know.

Never type "rm -rf". Just forget you know that sequence,

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2016 8:40 a.m. PST

@ terrement
> Guess he didn't have, like a cloth, for wiping the server.<
thumbs up

StarfuryXL515 Apr 2016 8:21 p.m. PST

That's one heck of a mass delete tool.

Last Hussar17 Apr 2016 6:03 a.m. PST

rm -rf

Damn, you are still all here…

Weasel07 May 2016 10:35 a.m. PST

Back ups should never ever ever ever in a trillion years by on the same system.

I keep two sources of back up for my stuff, one offline on physical media and one online in the cloud.

Mako11 Inactive Member13 May 2016 5:54 p.m. PST

Wonder if he'll still get that year-end bonus payment he promised himself?

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP19 May 2016 3:06 a.m. PST

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.