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SubjectRe: [Fwd: NTFS repair tools]
On Fri, Dec 08, 2000 at 08:19:46AM -0500, David Relson wrote:
> At 11:54 PM 12/7/00, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> >Linux today monitors this list. Some public education may be the best
> >route. How do we post a security advisory warning people that will get
> >posted? I'm sure folks see the DANGEROUS comments, but they don't seem
> >to stick in their heads. Then they get themselves into trouble, and
> >fortunately for them, I'm around. I am just concerned about the scope
> >of the black eye that will just keep getting bigger and bigger for Linux
> >NTFS.
> FWIW, Mandrake Linux includes a tool MandrakeUpdate which allows
> downloading of "Normal Updates" or "Development Updates". If you chose
> Devel Upd, you get the following warning:
> Caution ! These packages are NOT well tested.
> You really can screw up your system
> by installing them.
> Perhaps the configure tools could recognize a DANGEROUS status (or keyword
> or ???) and would display such a message ...

No amount of warnings can prevent morons from f**king up. Unix gives
you enough rope et al. I'm not arguing for removal of any warning, but
seriously, if we have a loud (DANGEROUS) warning in the config-system
aaaaaand a warning in the help-text that the write-support probably will
mess up your fs, how much more can you do? I bet that if we remove the
config-option, people will still enable it manually, then go "Waaaaa,
your stupid kernel messed up my filesystem, Linux sucks!"

But I kind of liked the

Enable write support (DANGEROUS)
Really enable write support (DANGEROUS)
Are you f**king nuts?!

approach anyway. A strong candidate for Rik van Riel's patch-of-the-month

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