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This is srm, a secure replacement for rm(1). Unlike the standard rm, it overwrites the data in the target files before unlinking them. This prevents command-line recovery of the data by examining the raw block device. It may also help frustrate physical examination of the disk, although it's unlikely that it completely protects against this type of recovery. Srm uses algorithms found in "Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory" by Peter Gutmann and THC Secure Delete (the overwrite, truncate, rename, unlink sequence). Srm was originally released under the GPL. Versions 1.1 and later are released under the MIT/X11 license, which is much less restrictive. For your convenience, some commonly needed modules are distributed in the lib/ directory. These may be under different licenses. All users, but especially Linux users, should be aware that srm will only work on file systems that overwrite blocks in place. In particular, it will *NOT* work on reiserfs or the vast majority of journaled file systems. It should work on ext2, FAT-based file systems, and the BSD native file system. On ext3 srm will try to disable journaling of data, see the verbose output if this fails. Patches and bug reports are all appreciated and should be submitted to the sourceforge bug tracker, so others can see and discuss those problems. original author: Matt Gauthier <elleron@comcast.net> current maintainer: Dirk Jagdmann <doj@cubic.org>
Source: README, updated 2014-01-13

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