Subject: Re: trap ctrl-amiga-amiga
To: None <amiga@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Alan Bair <>
List: amiga
Date: 01/12/1995 17:06:42
I'm no expert on what happens during the Amiga 3-finger reset, but I sure have
learned a lot from this discussion that has been going on. After considering all
the points expressed, I would recommend the following.

1. Don't do anything special for the reset, primarly due to the fact that there
	is no guarantee that anything good like sync can actually be 
	accomplished during the allotted time period. If sync was attempted and
	the machine reset in the middle, you could make things worse if the
	machine was essentially queiscent and synced when the 3-finger reset
	was started.

2. Put a nice big warning in the INSTALL docs explaining that the 3-finger reset
	should only be run after NetBSD has been halted or if the system is
	completely locked up and there is no other way out.

3. Also explain in the INSTALL docs how to properly halt or reboot NetBSD using
	the various commands for this purpose; sync, halt shutdown, reboot. This
	may already be in there, I just don't remember. I'll volunteer to write
	a section on this if its not there already.

Basically I think it is better to explain up front when to properly use the
3-finger reset instead of trying to protect users after the fact. Sort of like
putting air-bags in cars in case someone doesn't know how to use the brakes :-)

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