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bug#52206: Bug: rm -rf /*/*

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#52206: Bug: rm -rf /*/*
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 12:56:04 -0800
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On 11/30/21 11:58, Robert Swinford wrote:

This seems like a bug: https://twitter.com/nixcraft/status/1465599844299411458

I don't see a coreutils bug there: rm operated as specified.

Interestingly, however, rm -rf // only does the following:

Yes, that's a special feature of GNU rm.

I believe illumos has already solved this problem in a POSIX compliant fashion

Not sure what you're talking about here. Could you be specific? Don't have time to watch videos.

BTW, zsh globbing doesn’t exhibit this behavior!  It seems it is only a problem 
in bash.

In that case, the bug (whatever it is) wouldn't be a coreutils bug.

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