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SubjectRe: [PATCH] NTFS repair tools
On Fri, Dec 08, 2000 at 07:37:55AM +0000, Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
> Hearing how many people trash their partition I would agree to comment out
> the NTFS write option altogether. I will make a patch for both 2.4.0-testX
> and 2.2.18latest and send them off to Linus/Alan over the weekend if no one
> beats me to it.
> Considering that people are blatantly ignoring all our warnings this might
> be the Right Thing(TM) as it is easy enough to activate the option if
> someone really wants/needs to use it. That should hopefully lower the
> amount of incidents with people trashing their partitions[1][2].
> Anton
> [1] On the other hand it might not help much as people might just uncomment
> it and go ahead using it, but there is a limit to how far we can go without
> taking out the write part of the driver altogether! Which might actually
> not be a Bad Thing(TM) were it not for the fact that having the write
> support can actually help in fixing a trashed partition when people know
> what they are doing...i.e. when they know what they can do safely and what
> not. - It's saved me from loosing 10Gb+ of non-backed up data in the past!
> [2] My NTFS repair utility is under development albeit very slowly which
> should help a little bit once I have a stable release. - Initial release is
> yet TBA as there are some very strange bugs in it at the moment, which
> might actually turn out to be bugs in the compiler/libc/kernel as the
> program runs fine sometimes and sometimes corrupts the partitions slightly,
> operating on the _exact_ same partition with the _exact_ same data on it! -
> Anyway, I am not releasing this to the public before I have figured out WTH
> is going on...


I will be able to help "officially" in another 14 months, when the
inevitability window is closed. Unfortunately, by then, MS will
have altered the on-disk structures again, makeing the job even harder.
You and Alan should Brainstorm a solution. Removing write support or
putting in a disclaimer would suffice. It's your call, BTW along
with Alan.



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