Using the “rm” Command with Trash
Author: Jake Bauer | Published: 2020-07-13
Those who use regular file browsers like Nautilus, Dolphin, or Thunar are used
to having an item go into the Trash folder (or “Recycle Bin” for Windows folks)
when it is deleted. This allows them to restore that file in the case that they
accidentally deleted it. However, on the command line the
rm command will
irreversibly delete a file from your system (short of using data recovery
techniques) and has no concept of a Trash folder. This is a simple hacky way
rm remove a file to the Trash folder first so that you can prevent
yourself from accidentally irreversibly deleting something really important.
POSIX, Bash and Bash-like, Fish, and Korn Shells
alias rm='mv -t $XDG_DATA_HOME/Trash/' alias rm!='\rm'
C Shell (csh) and TENEX C Shell (tcsh)
alias rm 'mv -t $XDG_DATA_HOME/Trash/' alias rm! '\rm'
The aliases above do the following:
mvwhere any files specified will be moved to the XDG standard trash folder instead of being deleted.
rm!to the normal
rmprogram which effectively makes
rm!a “permanently delete this” command.
If you choose not to have
$XDG_DATA_HOME defined, you can replace that bit
with whichever path you prefer such as
$HOME/.Trash. The folder you choose
must already exist or else
mv will be angry.
This is my seventieth post for the #100DaysToOffload challenge. You can learn more about this challenge over at https://100daystooffload.com.