/boot like linux!
stijn at win.tue.nl
Fri Mar 4 02:56:55 PST 2005
On Fri, Mar 04, 2005 at 01:15:00AM -0500, Garance A Drosehn wrote:
> I have run with softupdates on for '/' on all my systems, for
> a few years now. It has not caused me any problems that I
> know of, but then the way I define my partitions is probably a
> lot different than what most people do.
> If we thought that softupdates made it *significantly* more
> likely that users would *lose* data, then we would not turn it
> on for any partitions!
Anthony's probably confusing softupdates + write caching on modern ATA
disks; the last undermines some of softupdates' fundamental
assumptions (ie the drive lies about data being written to disk) such
that it is indeed more likely in the event of a powerfailure that data
Then again, write caching on modern ATA disks without softupdates also
is not really safe; so the win of turning off just softupdates is not
There are of course many problems connected with life, of which some of
the most popular are 'Why are people born?', 'Why do they die?', and
`Why do they spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital
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