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SubjectRe: FS corruption... some help maybe??

On Wed, 21 Jul 1999, Herbert Wengatz 42850 wrote:

> +> >
> +> > Can you tell me, what use rebooting is?
> +>
> +> new hardware, sometimes (keyword is sometimes not all the
> +> time) you may need to reboot for changes in inetd configurations
> +> to take effect.. /etc/hosts file changes, I have had to.. what
> +> is your system doing?
> +> how do you run fsck? can you unmount the system drive and
> +> run fsck on it? And not reboot? If that is the case then rather
> +> than reboot I'd do that once a week ..
> You are naming the exceptions. A system is OK to reboot for the
> following occasions:
> - changes in the hardware
> If you don't have a true HA-solution, replacing a cpu-board is considered
> severe enough. - Maybe even adding some ethernet cards, or harddisk.
> But if you *have* a HA-solution, these are NOT considered to be a reason
> for a reboot.
> - basic changes in the systems internals (as changes in the /etc/hosts)
> (You may even change this in singleusermode...)
> Going into singleusermode is not considered a reboot, since the systems
> uptime keeps growing...
> I don't consider a upgrade of any piece of software that does not
> belong directly to the kernel as being a system internal. I.E. an
> upgrade of an office-package should be no reason at all to reboot
> the system. - In fact, where I work, we replaced (updated) the
> complete Applixware-package overnight on all our customers workstations.
> - Hasslefree, without any complains and not a single reboot!
> - after a severe crash: Filesystemschecks - But you only need to go into
> singleusermode for that! (Same goes for chancges in the /etc/hosts)
> When you leave these rare and necessary occasions away, what is left?
> Exact the situations, where NT falls over it's own bootstraps.

This is the problem. Win95/Win98/WinNT has to be rebooted a dozen times
just to install a new software package or piece of hardware. And everyone
gets used to the idea that changing anything (dial-up networking, etc)
means a "you must now reboot windows for your changes to take effect."

Unix/Linux isn't like that...


> +> > At work (where I use Sun workstations) I have three machines
> +> > (USER-Workstations!
> +> > Where there are sitting users at the thing, logging in and out
> +> > and crashing
> +> > their applications all day long ;) ) - and these three
> +> > machines have an
> +> > uptime of far more than 280 days!!!!! (one is over 290 !)
> +> >
> +> does Suns filesystems need to be fsck'd?
> Of course! - But only after a severe system crash. - Which I consider to be
> an acceptable reason to make an fsck. ;-)
> As long as you can manage to keep your system free of memmory leaks, zombies
> and system crashes, there is no dire need for a fsck or reboot at all.
> +> > Can anybody please show me *any* NT-User-WS with such uptime?
> +> >
> +>
> +> okay now you are dreaming...
> Why should I?
> Why should I expect less from NT than from Solaris, when it's *THAT* great,
> as M$ tries to suggest everybody and his uncle?
> I'm sitting here with my real life experience and I'm still awaiting
> M$ to come even a tiny bit closer to what I call a stable (which I call
> *PROFESSIONAL*) system. - They don't get it. They haven't got it for years
> now. - Even Linux was completely developed during the time M$ exists, so
> M$ has a major advantage over Linux in this case. - Is NT more stable? - No.
> Has it more features? - No. - Is it cheaper? - No. - Does it perform better?
> - In most cases: No.
> So why should I use NT?
> Neutral analysts believe that NT contains 2.3 million bugs. *GULP*
> And now comes Windows 2000 (aka NT 5.0) - guess how many bugs...
> The analysts guess it will be around 5 million bugs.
> I won't dare say Linux is flawless, but I consider it to have a vast amount
> of bugs less than 5 millions...
> Just my 0.02 $
> Best regards,
> Herbert
> "Why aren't our NT-people in this meeting?" - "We are talking here about systems
> with which we have troubles when they are running NOT." Two of my coworkers in a
> meeting about a scheduled powerdown for crucial servers of a major german bank.
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