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shred (1) ( Русские man: Команды и прикладные программы пользовательского уровня )>> shred (1) ( Linux man: Команды и прикладные программы пользовательского уровня )
shred - overwrite a file to hide its contents, and optionally delete it
Overwrite the specified FILE(s) repeatedly, in order to make it harder
for even very expensive hardware probing to recover the data.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
- -f, --force
change permissions to allow writing if necessary
- -n, --iterations=N
Overwrite N times instead of the default (25)
- -s, --size=N
shred this many bytes (suffixes like K, M, G accepted)
- -u, --remove
truncate and remove file after overwriting
- -v, --verbose
- -x, --exact
do not round file sizes up to the next full block;
this is the default for non-regular files
- -z, --zero
add a final overwrite with zeros to hide shredding
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
If FILE is -, shred standard output.
Delete FILE(s) if --remove (-u) is specified. The default is not to remove
the files because it is common to operate on device files like /dev/hda,
and those files usually should not be removed. When operating on regular
files, most people use the --remove option.
CAUTION: Note that shred relies on a very important assumption:
that the file system overwrites data in place. This is the traditional
way to do things, but many modern file system designs do not satisfy this
assumption. The following are examples of file systems on which shred is
not effective, or is not guaranteed to be effective in all file system modes:
* log-structured or journaled file systems, such as those supplied with
AIX and Solaris (and JFS, ReiserFS, XFS, Ext3, etc.)
* file systems that write redundant data and carry on even if some writes
fail, such as RAID-based file systems
* file systems that make snapshots, such as Network Appliance's NFS server
* file systems that cache in temporary locations, such as NFS
version 3 clients
* compressed file systems
In the case of ext3 file systems, the above disclaimer applies
(and shred is thus of limited effectiveness) only in data=journal mode,
which journals file data in addition to just metadata. In both the
data=ordered (default) and data=writeback modes, shred works as usual.
Ext3 journaling modes can be changed by adding the data=something option
to the mount options for a particular file system in the /etc/fstab file,
as documented in the mount man page (man mount).
In addition, file system backups and remote mirrors may contain copies
of the file that cannot be removed, and that will allow a shredded file
to be recovered later.
Written by Colin Plumb.
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