Subject: Re: Weirdest crash ever... :)
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From: Greg A. Woods <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/28/2002 20:47:01
[ On Monday, January 28, 2002 at 18:25:21 (-0700), Rick Kelly wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Weirdest crash ever... :)
> Peter Seebach said:
> > I'd like to point out that, to the best of my knowledge, this is my first
> > crash that produced measurable data loss since I started on NetBSD 0.8 (amiga)
> > in, uhm, whenever that was.
> As far as I know, I've never had a NetBSD crash that wasn't caused by
> outright hardware failure.
Even in Peter's case the lost data, though triggered by the OS crash,
was not really NetBSD's responsibility. The data was probably lost
because the application left the on-disk structures it uses in an
inconsistent state and was not able to recover their integrity. Even
worse it didn't complain about this problem and instead carried on as if
everything was "normal", though of course because it's on-disk data
structures remained corrupted it was unable to do something that it was
expected to be able to do.
Greg A. Woods
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