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SubjectRe: Journaling: Surviving or allowing unclean shutdown?
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sct@redhat.com said:
> In what way? A root fs readonly mount is usually designed to prevent
^^^^^^^
> the filesystem from being stomped on during the initial boot so that
> fsck can run without the filesystem being volatile. That's the only
> reason for the readonly mount: to allow recovery before we enable
> writes. With ext3, that recovery is done in the kernel, so doing that
> recovery during mount makes perfect sense even if the user is mounting
> root readonly.


Alternative reasons for readonly mount include "my hard drive is dying and
I don't want _anything_ to write to it because it'll explode".

You mount it read-only, recover as much as possible from it, and bin it.

You _don't_ want the fs code to ignore your explicit instructions not to
write to the medium, and to destroy whatever data were left.

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dwmw2


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