In <4B92A531.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ron Johnson wrote: >On 2010-03-06 09:41, Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote: >> In <20100306015538.GP11387@wasteland.homelinux.net>, Jochen Schulz wrote: >>> Mark: >>>> I hope there is a simple answer to this question (fingers crossed): how >>>> do I overwrite an existing partition (hda2 for example) with all zeros >>>> (essentially blanking the partition clean in preparation for installing >>>> Lenny), without destroying the partition table? >>> >>> Why do you think you need to blank the partition before installing >>> lenny? There *are* reasons to do that, but they have nothing to do with >>> the installation of a new OS. >> >> (reiserfsck --rebuild-tree) has a nasty habit of necromancy. In >> particular, it might link files from the old file system into lost+found. >> It can also destroy the heck out of your file system if you happen to >> store a reiserfs file system in a file. (e.g. [reiserfs] -> >> /home/bss/Sid.qemu -> [reiserfs]). > >Non sequiter? Not really. 1. Old installation using one of more reiserfs file systems. 2. Install Lenny without wiping; use one or more reiserfs file systems. 3. Worst-case scenario file system failure. 4. (reiserfsck --rebuild-tree) -> Links files from the old file system into the new file system. If you are going to put reiserfs on a block device, it is not overly cautious to erase the block device, to avoid (reiserfsck --rebuild-tree) from performing necromancy. -- Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. ,= ,-_-. =. email@example.com ((_/)o o(\_)) ICQ: 514984 YM/AIM: DaTwinkDaddy `-'(. .)`-' http://iguanasuicide.net/ \_/
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