Salvage files from harddrive

RW rwmaillists at
Wed Nov 4 02:34:14 UTC 2009

On Tue, 6 Oct 2009 20:50:39 -0400
jhell <jhell at> wrote:

> If you can mount this disk in single user mode your best bet to be
> safe is just glabel it to something else that your second system is
> not before you take the disk out of the machine.
> Even though I don't think it should/would be a problem I can not
> speak of a authoritative nature on this subject because I have not
> had to test such cases.

Personally, I don't think this practise of labelling partitions with
names like var makes any sense. fstab exists to keep track of what
devices map to which mount points, the point of glabel is to give those
devices unique names that are independent of where and when they
are detected.

I think people get the idea that if they use labels like var they'll
never need to edit fstab again.  The benefit of that is negligible, it's
much easier and less confusing to make minor changes to fstab when you
copy it to a new disk than it is to shuffle labels around.

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