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Re: What should I do after a power failure?

Fred Sloniker wrote:
Hey, everybody.  First-time Linux user here (well, sort of; I've struggled
before with getting either Debian or SuSE installed, unsuccessfully).  So far,
I like what I've seen of Debian (mostly installation screens and documentation);
not only do I like the actual freeness of it (SuSE, for instance, wouldn't give
me any avenues for getting help or ways to upgrade my version without me paying
them cash), but the documentation is friendlier, I think.  I'm sure once my 12-hour
download finishes that I'll have more questions, but for now, I just want to ask this:

I know that powering the system off manually is a Bad Thing (tm), but I live in
Cowville, so a black-out is always a possibility.  It's also possible that my mom
would turn the computer off out of ignorance, despite my attempts to educate her on
computer no-nos.  What do I need to do, if anything, to make sure my hard drive isn't
hosed after a power-off?  Is there an equivalent to the Windows Scandisk-after-crash thing?

Use ext3 because it's more crashproof.

info sync

I'd make a cron job that does a sync every 5s or 1min or whatever.

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