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Someone on the security team signed off that a fake bomb had been recovered at Old Trafford when it hadn't. Cue one controlled explosion and a postponed soccer game. Tell us your tales of workplace screw ups and the consequences of your mistakes.

(, Tue 17 May 2016, 8:59)
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I was once trying to clear some space on a unix server
and found buried about 10 levels deep a copy of the entire home directory.

So I typed rm -rf home/*

Well, I meant to. I actually typed rm -rf /home/*

Which deleted the entire home directory and brought the production server down. Oops.
(, Tue 17 May 2016, 17:56, 13 replies)

(, Tue 17 May 2016, 18:30, closed)
Working on a PDP-12 or similar I used Purge to delete all files of a particular name, thinking it left the most recent version. It didn't, and of course no one had thought to make backups of the file in question. So I had to reprogram the entire thing. On the upside, I learnt how to program in Pascal. On the downside, I've never had to program in Pascal since.
(, Tue 17 May 2016, 19:13, closed)

yup done that too, once bitten twice shy with rm
(, Tue 17 May 2016, 20:16, closed)
You complete and utter gonk.

(, Tue 17 May 2016, 20:18, closed)
Star Wars?

(, Tue 17 May 2016, 20:44, closed)
you fucking stupid cunt

(, Tue 17 May 2016, 23:34, closed)
was it www.b3tards.com?

(, Wed 18 May 2016, 5:31, closed)
Should you be allowed near important machinery?

(, Wed 18 May 2016, 7:24, closed)
Command line?
Command lol, more like!
(, Wed 18 May 2016, 11:14, closed)
Did you know oracle db's really don't like it if you delete their redo logs while the db is up and running?
I do. Now.
(, Wed 18 May 2016, 16:02, closed)
In a similar vein
chown -R www-data /
instead of
chown -R www-data .

They're one key apart and it was too long before I noticed. I had to recover the server from an image backup.
(, Thu 19 May 2016, 0:19, closed)
And then all the dinosaurs got out and ate everyone.
You are Nedry AICMFP
(, Thu 19 May 2016, 17:53, closed)
Installs Engineers ... tsk...
No idea what we was doing on SCO-Unix box. Trying to use Vi, manages to create a text file called '*' at root, as root. Immediately goes - as we watch in horror - rm *

Didn't delete everything - but enough. Fucked a GP whole back office system for a few days....
(, Wed 25 May 2016, 14:58, closed)

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