Bug 19407 - aliases in .bashrc are very annoying
aliases in .bashrc are very annoying
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: rootfiles (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2000-10-19 17:58 EDT by Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
Modified: 2014-03-16 22:16 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-01-27 01:01:10 EST
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Description Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2000-10-19 17:58:16 EDT
I think the "-i" alias in /root/.bashrc are highly annoying (and to make it
worse, cp now ignores "-f" if used with "-i"), and causes the "massive y
syndrom" (pressing y all the time without reading).

I would love for this alias to go away.
Comment 1 Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams 2000-10-19 19:03:53 EDT

I fail to see what the problem is with just editing it out after the fact. It is
annoying, but it is a useful security feature for newbies (which we DON'T want
to scare away, believe it or not). Anyway, just my two cents.
Comment 2 Daniel Roesen 2000-10-20 07:01:23 EDT
I also think they should simply "go away". People not thinking before typing 
must learn - perhaps the hard way. The "y-Syndrome" is a very good point.
Comment 3 Nick Urbanik 2001-01-27 01:01:03 EST
Simple workaround: /bin/cp instead of cp
Quote from "Unix System Administration Handbook", Nemeth, Snyder, Seebass and
Hein, 2001, page 87:

However, don't confuse users by "protecting" them from UNIX; entries such as

alias dir ls -l
alias rm rm -i
alias cp cp -i

are in poor taste.
Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2001-01-30 16:06:50 EST
After internal discussion, it was decided to leave them as-is.

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