Kris Kennaway kris at obsecurity.org
Fri Jun 27 19:39:05 PDT 2003

On Fri, Jun 27, 2003 at 07:55:28PM -0600, Brett Glass wrote:
> At 06:43 PM 6/27/2003, Kris Kennaway wrote:
> >You're supposed to boot into single-user mode to repair the
> >filesystems before attempting to bring it up to multiuser state.
> Ah... but you're not there at the exact moment when the power
> comes back on. (Maybe it was just a flicker and there was no
> UPS, or maybe the power company -- like ours -- is so slow to
> fix outages that the UPS battery was fully drained.)
> What's more, even if you CAN boot into single user mode and run 
> fsck, it can be frustrating. Sometimes a partition takes two
> or three passes to clean up. Sometimes fsck randomly refuses
> to work on one. It's a mess.
> Ideally, the system would handle the logistics. It's not as if
> powering down without shutting down is that rare of an 
> occurrence. (It eats holes in any system, and is responsible for
> gradual "bit rot" in both Windows machines and BSD machines.)
> --Brett

Please read the documentation; there are rc.conf options for handling
unattended installations.


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