SHRED

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
AUTHOR
REPORTING BUGS
COPYRIGHT
SEE ALSO

NAME

shred − delete a file securely, first overwriting it to hide its contents

SYNOPSIS

shred [OPTIONS] FILE [...]

DESCRIPTION

Delete a file securely, first overwriting it to hide its contents.

−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

show progress

−x, −−exact

do not round file sizes up to the next full block

−z, −−zero

add a final overwrite with zeros to hide shredding

-

shred standard output

−−help

display this help and exit

−−version

print version information and exit

FIXME maybe add more discussion here?

AUTHOR

Written by Colin Plumb.

REPORTING BUGS

Report bugs to <bug-fileutils@gnu.org>.

COPYRIGHT

Copyright © 1999 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for shred is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and shred programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info shred

should give you access to the complete manual.