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The MIT Athena delete/undelete package

What is it?

The MIT Athena delete/undelete package is a set of utilities to protect users from accidental file deletion. They provide an alternative interface to file and directory removal (i.e., they replace rm and rmdir); deleted files and directories are actually renamed (by prefixing their names with ".#") rather than removed, so that they can be recovered later if necessary.

The package was written for MIT's Project Athena by Jonathan Kamens, who continues to maintain and distribute a free version of it on the Net.

To see how MIT Athena represents the package to its users, see the Athena Consulting service's stock answer about it.

Where can I get it?

The current version of this package (it is currently at patchlevel 17) is available here. A library package called "com_err" is required in order to install delete/undelete. If you do not have the "com_err" package already installed, you can get a version of it here.

Where can I find out more?

Write to me at jik@kamens.brookline.ma.us.

Are there other ways to avoid accidental file deletion?

Numerous packages have been developed over the years to prevent accidental file deletion under UNIX. XXX Eventually, I'll dredge up a list of them and put it here.


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