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SubjectRe: Flavours of deceased bovine

On Fri, 8 Sep 2000, Keith Owens wrote:

> Just had an ext2 filesystem on SCSI that was corrupt. The first two
> words of the group descriptor had been overwritten with 0xdeadbeef,
> 0x00000000. The filesystem is fixed now but trying to track down the
> problem is difficult, there are 50+ places in the kernel that use
> 0xdeadbeef.

Fsck... Which version was it?

> I strongly suggest that people use different variants of dead beef to
> make it easier to work out where any corruption is coming from.
> Perhaps change the last 2-3 digits so magic values would be 0xdeadb000
> to 0xdeadbfff, assuming it does not affect any other code.

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