Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on March 06, 2006 07:28 PM
Because shred overwrites the a file a couple of times, it works on the principle that the filesystem will write on the same location on the disk every time. This is not the case for some modern filesystems.
Shredding a partition will still for fine. But if you don't know how your filesystem handels rewrites then don't rely on shred to securely delete your files.
See man and/or info pages for more infomation: $ man info $ info coreutils shred