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SubjectRe: Linux/Pro -- clusters (Linus Torvalds)  wrote on 06.12.01 in <>:

> Some of them are effectively turned off - the format timeout was increased
> to 2 hours to make sure that it basically never triggers.

And I recently found out the hard way that wasn't enough, and ended up
cludging a utility to patch a running kernel (don't ask) to increase that
timeout. Turned out the drive needed a little over three hours to tell me
it couldn't format.

Frankly, format should really have NO timeout. Or possibly a user-
specified one.

MfG Kai
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