Subject: Re: Trouble with PCI, VGA, 32Mbyte
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Charles M. Hannum <email@example.com>
Date: 06/11/1995 02:33:13
I think the tool would be far more useful if it did have these
well-known commands built in; even if it weren't for the
possibility of catastrophic typos, I'd personally much rather type
"FORMAT" than "4 0 0 0 0 0" (it's shorter, if nothing else).
I don't even care so much about the additional bytes. It's just that
if I tell a user to type:
scsi -f /dev/mumble -c '3 0 0 0 0 0'
then I have to be very concerned about that user suddenly having no
data on his/her disk. If instead it was:
scsi -f /dev/mumble -c 'request_sense 0 0 0 0 0'
(or something like that), I wouldn't have to be concered. It's pretty
damned hard to mistype `request_sense' as `format_unit' or `write'.
If the user is intending to do something destructive (like a FORMAT
UNIT), then it's reasonable to expect him/her to be more careful;
though an easier to use interface is obviously preferrable.