Top definition
Finest compression avaliable under UNIX/Linux! Unfortunatly, there is no decompressor avaliable.

Command issued on unix systems to remove a directory. If nothing is added after the final slash (/) it will remove the root filesystem. Although, many systems now have protection in place which will report back and say 'rm of / is not allowed' or similar. The command can only be issued by the root user. If you do it as a normal user, it will only remove your home directory and files you have write/execute access to.
Friend 1: My hard disk is full.
Friend 2: Type 'rm -rf /'. Its the best compression avaliable *evil-grin*.
Friend 1: Its doing it now, the hard disk is running.
by Keld July 14, 2005
Get the merch
Get the rm -rf / neck gaiter and mug.
Jul 28 Word of the Day
to sport a boner, fly the sail at full mass, rock hard, etc.
"I had a lot of cartoon characters that used to get me sexually aroused as a kid... The female reindeer from the Rudolph claymation series, when I was in preschool, I used to be bricked up watching that shit." -Jack Harlow
by real_philly February 11, 2020
Get the mug
Get a bricked up mug for your coworker GΓΌnter.
2
Probably the most popular unix command. The response linux newbies get from experienced users when asking for anything.
new_linux_user: How can I install an .rpm?
arrogant_guru: rm -rf /
*the newbie types the command*
*the newbie leaves crying*
by Rush July 16, 2005
Get the mug
Get a rm -rf / mug for your coworker Sarah.
3
rm = remove
-f = all files whether write protected or not without prompting the user for confirmation or writing a message to the console about the file removal.
-r is recursive, which means to repeatedly remove all files until the base case is the only thing left.
There is a whole directory of files you no longer need on your UNIX system. You do not want to remove them one at a time. Use rm -rf/ to remove them all at once.
by frederick eccher jr November 03, 2004
Get the merch
Get the rm -rf / neck gaiter and mug.
4
Destroying you. Used in *nix to remove all files from root tree. Equalevalent to 'go to fucking hell, bitch'
Joe: Screw you
Me: rm -rf /
by xbmodder March 04, 2005
Get the mug
Get a rm -rf / mug for your bunkmate Nathalie.
5
8 characters, 3 words, one meaning. DELETE EVERYTHING!
Person1: How do you say I love you?
Person2: On linux, it's called rm -rf /.
by Starflight October 18, 2020
Get the mug
Get a rm -rf / mug for your cat Abdul.
6
Read Mail Really Fast rtfm
"I have too much spam"
"use rm -rf /, read mail reall fast"
by tsixla April 14, 2003
Get the mug
Get a rm -rf / mug for your buddy Trump.

Activity