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DESTROY(1) FreeBSD General Commands Manual DESTROY(1)

Destroy files from the harddisk in a secure manner.

destroy [-shq] [file ...]

destroy removes files from the harddrive by overwriting the file with NULL and Random bytes. You may specify a regular file, or an enitre directory. In addition you may specify a wild card to destroy certain file types or filename matches.

The Options are as follows:

Security level: The number of times the file will be overwritten with NULL and Random bytes. If you enter a value of 5, 10 alternating overwrites will happen: 5 NULL and 5 Random. If this number is not entered on the command line, a default value for the security level will be set to 7 as perscribed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The lowest value accepted is 1, and the highest security value is 20. NOTE: The higher the value, the longer the program might take to run.
Destroy with force -- Remove all types of files; do not skip over file types such as Sockets or Named Pipes.
Run quietly -- Suppress all output from this application. You might not want all this stuff flying by on the screen should the fedz be trying to watch.
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There are no known bugs at this time, if you find a bug, please report it to: <>

Shane Kinney (mod6) <> | mod6 @ #freebsd | WWW:
23 January 2004 FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE

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