The shred command on Linux is the perfect way to remove files securely from your Linux system. With a large amount of iterations, it will ensure that it is very difficult to get the data back. the -u parameter will delete the file after the overwriting process.
neo@deusexmachina:~$ shred -n 20 -u gegl-0.2.0.tar.bz2
To create a file on Linux, the touch command may be used. if you type touch myfile.txt it will create an empty file that you may then fill with text. Or this command: echo ” > myfile.txt. below is the most hackish way to create an empty file that you may then fill with text. Reading from /dev/null for once…
neo@deusexmachina:~/Desktop$ dd if=/dev/null bs=1 of=myfile.txt 0+0 records in 0+0 records out 0 bytes (0 B) copied, 1.2069e-05 s, 0.0 kB/s neo@deusexmachina:~/Desktop$ ls myfile.txt -rw-r--r-- 1 neo neo 0 12-04-12 09:15 pm myfile.txt
That is why Linux is so cool, the fact that everything under /proc and /dev is a file and can be manipulated as a file can. That is one of the main strengths of a UNIX and Linux operating system. And the Macintosh operating system as well, because that runs on top of the Darwin UNIX OS.
Of course the rm command on UNIX/Linux is easy to use, the rm –no-preserve-root -rf / command is famous for being the one command you do not want to execute as the root user. But the rm -f command is perfect for removing files. Just be cautious when using the rm -rf command and double check the command you have typed and use the pwd command to see where you are before executing it.
Another way to create an empty file is this.
ubuntu ~ $ >foo.txt
This is the simplest way possible to create a file on Linux.
Then it may be erased very easily.
ubuntu ~ $ shred -n 20 -u foo.txt
Shows how easy the shell can be when you know a few tricks, makes Linux fun.