Re: [patch] ext2/3: document conditions when reliable operation ispossible

From: Alan Cox
Date: Tue Aug 25 2009 - 09:43:47 EST

On Tue, 25 Aug 2009 09:37:12 -0400
Ric Wheeler <rwheeler@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I really think that the expectation that all OS's (windows, mac, even your ipod)
> all teach you not to hot unplug a device with any file system. Users have an
> "eject" or "safe unload" in windows, your iPod tells you not to power off or
> disconnect, etc.


> I don't object to making that general statement - "Don't hot unplug a device
> with an active file system or actively used raw device" - but would object to
> the overly general statement about ext3 not working on flash, RAID5 not working,
> etc...

The overall general statement for all media and all OS's should be

"Do you have a backup, have you tested it recently"

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