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Re: / vs. /usr vs. fsck(8)

On Thu, Oct 13, 2011 at 04:20:33PM +0200, Marco d'Itri wrote:
On Oct 13, Stephan Seitz <stse+debian@fsing.rootsland.net> wrote:
- I think that the probability that defective hard drive sectors
will hit   a small partition is less. So your „repair partition”
will probably   boot at least in emergency mode with more tools than
any initramfs.
I can't see which tools help you if the disk is phisically broken...

If the disk is completely broken, you can’t do anything. But dd_rescue is in /bin, so you can get an image of a partition except for the faulty sectors.

  I think that small file systems are less error-prone as well.
Actually this is a good argument for keeping everything in /usr and then
mounting it read only.

Maybe, but you can already keep /usr read-only.

- Rescue DVDs may not support modern file systems because of older
Not a very compelling reason: if you use an unusual/recent file system,
spend two minutes burning an appropriate rescue CD for it.

While the burning may take two minutes, it takes much more time to change an existing CD. I tried to change Knoppix some years ago. Thank you, I prefer to use the existing DVDs.

Shade and sweet water!


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