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Bug#41298: acknowledged by developer (bootdisk: the rescue disk should include the sformat utility)

Dominik Kubla <kubla@netz.klinik.uni-mainz.de> writes:

> On Sat, Aug 26, 2000 at 02:53:12AM -0500, Debian Bug Tracking System wrote:
> > I refuse. sformat is nothing to play with and it's not used normally.  I
> > even don't have it installed at all, neither on my nor on the most important
> > Debian servers.
> And how do you propose to fix a bad scsi-disk on a system without a
> controller bios to format the drive (eg. on non-x86 platforms like
> the alpha: it happened to me on my multia and i had to cook up a second
> rescue disk with sformat on it). There is no need to offer that option
> in the installation menu, just put it on for the odd event when you
> need it.

The answer is to use the software/hardware provided by the vendor.

Joey is right -- this will not be changing for potato.

> What is your position on the "badblocks -w" test during installation.
> Lots of people, myself included, don't mind the extra time just to
> be sure their harddisk has no badblocks.  Call me paranoid if you like
> but i have seen quite a few harddisk which checkout ok with a read-only
> test only to produce errors later on as soon as data was written to
> those blocks.

Our position is that we let users use it but do not set that as teh

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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