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Want to see rm -rf command in progress?

Sometimes people throw watermelons off thirty-story buildings just to see what they look like on impact (if you've ever watched David Letterman, you know what I mean). In response to that dark human desire to wreak havoc and watch disasters unfold before our eyes, a blogger over at fsckin w/ linux has recorded a video of the dreaded rm -rf command in action.

I've known for a long time to stay away from the short, sweet and simple "rm -rf /" command. It deletes every file on any writable filesystem mounted by a *nix system, but what exactly happens if you do run it?

Now you can find out! This was actually quite fun to watch — it has a catchy soundtrack.

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