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Trashcan script

'cn' is a counterpart for rm, which moves files into the trashcan. It is meant to be used instead of rm, such that one's fingers get into "good habits", and thus avoid accidentally rm-ing the wrong thing. 'cn' will confirm once, by default (even for directories), but can be made silent. It attempts to autodetect the location of the trash if KDE/GNOME are running. It can also handles perverse cases, such as trashing a file which is already in the trash, or deleting multiple files with the same name.


version 1.21 (stable)
released on 29 June 2008


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Deborah Nicholson

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7 July 2008

Leaders and contributors

Richard Neill Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Help,

Software prerequisites

Required to useps
Required to usemv
Required to usebash
Required to usegrep

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 21 January 2017.


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