panic after removing usb flash drive

Eric Anderson anderson at
Wed Aug 31 12:49:18 GMT 2005

Daniel O'Connor wrote:
> On Wednesday 31 August 2005 12:34, Ben Kaduk wrote:
>>Of course, if you did unmount the filesystem before pulling the drive, then
>>this shoule be looked into.
> IMHO it would be really nice if you could tell the kernel that it should just 
> ditch the data (and whine to the log file) instead of panicing.
> For your "main" file systems the panic approach is sensible, but for removable 
> things it's more likely to cause data loss I think (because the panic could 
> eat data on your other drives).
> Although last time I saw this discussed I came away with the impression that 
> it wasn't possible for the kernel to do this..? (without substantial work 
> anyway)

Why not just use the automounter to mount/umount this for you?  This 
probably won't get around umounting while in use, but you might be able 
to tell amd to use a umount -f on it.


Eric Anderson        Sr. Systems Administrator        Centaur Technology
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