prevent accidents and test your command with echo

echo rm *.txt
if you're using wildcards * or ? in your command, and if you're deleting, moving multiple files, it's always safe to see how those wildcards will expand. if you put "echo" in front of your command, the expanded form of your command will be printed. It's better safe than sorry.
Sample Output
rm 1.txt 2.txt 3.txt 4.txt

11
2010-10-27 07:26:26

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What Others Think

nice idea.. a good default way to test parameter expansion if your inputrc doesn't auto-expand already.
AskApache · 412 weeks and 2 days ago
In terms of preventing some rm-related accidents, you may also want to install safe-rm: http://www.safe-rm.org.nz On Debian/Ubuntu: apt-get install safe-rm
fmarier · 411 weeks and 5 days ago
If you hit Meta-* (usually Alt+Shift+8), then inputrc will expand all the wildcards inline. e.g. rm d*<meta-*> Becomes: rm dave dog dull Then you can hit enter, or ctrl-c
flatcap · 411 weeks and 5 days ago

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