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SubjectRe: ext3 and undeletion
On Tue, Feb 26, 2002 at 05:54:58PM +0100, Martin Dalecki wrote:
> Mike Fedyk wrote:
> >Can you describe the pitfalls that VMS went through so we can aviod the
> >problems?
> >
> >I haven't had the chance to use VMS, and don't have any hardware to try it
> >out on. Also, just because one implementation was bad (even long ago, and
> >unix was considered bad then too... ;) does it mean the entire idea is bad.
> Yes I can. The main problem is that most people think that undeletion
> is a magical way of getting around stiupid users.

That is one use, but not the only use. It is one feature that is missing on
Linux. I don't know what other unix-like systems have, but it'd be nice if
Linux had it.

>But the fact is
> that the very same users very quickly adapt to the the presence of
> undeletion facilities. And guess whot? They will expect you to
> instantly recover allways a version of "this" file from the "stone age".
> So the pain for the sysadmin will certainly not be decreased. Quite
> contrary for what he expects.

Yes, I can understand this exactly, but it still doesn't negate the
usefulness of undeletion.

>For the educated user it was always a pain
> in the you know where, to constantly run out of quota space due to
> file versioning.

Ahh, so we'd need to chown the files to root (or a configurable user and
group) to get around the quota issue.

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