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Re: pcmcia install -- off topic rant

On Wednesday, 3 December 1997, David Wright writes:

> > On Monday, 1 December 1997, Bill Leach writes:
> > 
> > > > As an aside, why call the debian setup floppy "resc1440.bin" when it
> > > > could be named something like "boot.bin", or "debian.bin" (alongside
> > > > debi1200.bin/boot1200.bin)?
> > > 
> > > Well, because it _is_ a "rescue" floppy and can be used to boot and
> > > recover the system in the event of catastrophic failures (in the really
> > > extreme case of failure the second disk might be needed too).
> > 
> > /continuing off-topic rant
> > Uh, yes i did read something like that in the doc.  So what you're saying 
> > is that there _is_ no install floppy, but you can use the rescue floppy 
> > to install your system.  That's handy.  And what luck!  Otherwise we would
> > have had a complete distribution, including rescue facilities (!), but 
> > no-one would have been able to use it, because we forgot to make an install
> > floppy.
> > 
> > I just wanted to note that:
> >    * you've got to read this in the doc, --- it wasn't clear to me at
> >      first glance (note: as it very well could have been),
> "Rescue Disk" occurs frequently in the installation notes; it's even in 
> several headings.

Uh, yes, it's easy enough to find.  But i still don't think that frequently 
mentioning something in a doc should justify the use of silly names?

> >    * at your first contact with debian, you'll find that the floppy
> >      you need for install is called "rescue", now that's a comforting
> >      thought --- not.
> >    * as a broken analogy: considering you _can_ use your car as an 
> >      evacuation vehicle in times of trouble, how would you call your car?
> You use the rescue disk as an installation disk ONCE. You then file it 
> under Rescue, not Installation. If you have problems, you'll maybe use it 
> several times as a Rescue Disk.

Exactly --- that's what the name suggests.  I never suggested "install", 
but rather something along the lines of "debian" or "boot".  Isn't that

> On "comforting thoughts", yes, it's comforting to know that Debian takes the 
> time and effort to think through what to do when anything goes wrong. Most 
> vendors don't do that enough.

It's probably me; i'm too preoccupied.  Somehow, there's always one 
vendor that comes to mind when i hear about "things going wrong", 
"rescueing" and "reinstalling"?

> OK, you want an analogy? You buy a tube of adhesive. You have to pierce 
> the seal on the tube with the piercer. But you call the piercer a cap.

Thanks, analogies can be so much fun,


    Linux: "Just throw away the c(r)ap."

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