I recently ran
rm -rf, not
rm -rf /, but nothing happened. I just get a result like this:
I was scared because I am worried that it could've deleted some files, but it didn't. Just be sure, could this have deleted any files from my directory?
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rm -rf will not delete any files because you did not supply an argument to the command.
From the manual page:
rm removes each specified file.
This means you can use it to remove a list of files at once, e.g. with
rm -rf test1.txt test2.txt
Fortunately, all you did was pass an empty list of files, so it deleted nothing. Also, what @SolarMike says: if you don't know what a command does, don't run it. macOS is designed to 'hide' all dangerous (but potentially powerful) Unix operations from the end user.
For the layman/Linux/Unix newbie:
rm alone doesn't do anything because you haven't told it what to get rid of.
man rm can explain most of this, if you understand it.
-r means recursive, as in "include everything in subfolders"
-f means force, "don't ask me to confirm" mode
rm -rf(DON'T DO THIS)
/ would say delete everything under
/ (the root folder) without checking (on recent macOS versions SIP will prevent you from removing macOS itself by this, but a lot of other stuff will get deleted)
rm [some file name] would just delete that file.
rm -rf /home/myuser/books would delete everything in
books folder, as well as the folder.
No but if you want to delete Here's an example:
After you launch Terminal (in your /Applications/Utilities folder) type cd ~/Desktop to navigate to the Desktop directory. If you had a file here named MyFile.rtf that you never, ever wanted to see again, you could run this command:
When you press Return, the file will go poof! It will be gone, toast, history. You can’t get it back.