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Re: missing /var/mail

On Fri, Feb 01, 2008 at 07:49:22PM +0100, Sven Joachim wrote:
> On 2008-02-01 19:23 +0100, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> > The question is, why did I lose the data?  Isn't the journal in ext3
> > supposed to prevent this from happening?
> No. The purpose of a journal is to ensure data integrity, not to make
> sure the disk is always in sync with the file data cache.  If you want
> that, you have to mount the filesystem with the `sync' option (which
> will result in a big performance loss).
> My hunch is that your mails never made it to the disk and are lost for
> good.  FWIW, I'd recommend to leave mails on the server, if you are
> using POP3, to ensure they aren't lost in case of a power failure.

They did make it to disk since it was an ongoing thread and some I left
there from last night.


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