8886 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2011 3:04 AM by VNDL42
I just fell for the (apparently) old joke to type the above command into terminal. Yeah, I'm a noob, an idiot, got pwned and all that, I know. So the question here is - what to do now?
The system boots up fine, although I've read it will go into an infinite reboot cycle after a certain uptime. I've got a recent Time Machine backup and a Snow Leopard Install disc at home.
Can I install OSX over the ruined system?
Will that work at all?
Yes, it should work. In fact, it's one of the new new features in 10.6. But having nuked the system it really won't matter if you install over or erase and install.
You can also use your TM backup and use the restore feature, unless that's still functional and you wrote a backup after the Terminal command.
Good luck. Let us know...
You can do it like said before but I would suggest just wiping everything and starting completely fresh from Time Machine. It will work if you just overwrite without erasing though.
Follow this as well when you get to the restore point: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/15638.html
So yeah, restored from my TM backup via the OSX install disc and the system seems to run fine, thanks a lot guys, seriously.
I still messed up as I forgot that I exclude my music and video folders in TM to save space on my backup drive. So I learned two lessons today, a) don't enter sudo commands when you're not 100% sure what they're doing (I guess I hereby choose to stay away from the terminal completely) and b) make sure to remember what folders you exclude from your backup so you don't add subfolders that you care about to them.
And yeah, bad ******* joke, or trap, however you want to call it. But like I said, I guess this is what I get for entering commands into terminal I don't know sh*t about.
Thanks again for your help.
Hey, it can happen to the best of us.
Rules for "rm".
Try to avoid using "sudo" with rm whenever possible.
Avoid the "r" switch (recursive into directories option) whenever possible.
If you use the "r" switch, use the "i" switch too (interactive option), also avoid the "f"
(force without prompting option).
Use "v" verbose option, to see what is being deleted.
Always type in the full path name, rather than changing to the directory first.