Subject: Re: /rescue, crunchgen'ed?
To: None <>
From: David Laight <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/30/2002 12:49:58
On Fri, Aug 30, 2002 at 12:16:27PM +0100, Richard Earnshaw wrote:
> > > Now one could create a separate, small partition to keep the ramdisk
> > > kernel, to be really really safe.
> > 
> > Except is then gets missed off the system archive and when the disk
> > dies you no longer have it.  Maybe ok for an emergency boot, but not
> > for the source tree for the encryption routines for the software
> > licensing code.......
> Oh come on.  If the disk dies you're going to need far more than the 
> /rescue stuff to get the world going again.  When was the last time you 
> managed to purchase a replacement disk with the same size/geometry as the 
> one that died?  Unless you can then at the very least you are going to 
> have to start off by booting from an image on floppy/cdrom/net.
> And what has the source code got to do with all this?

Just pointing out that unmounted filesystems aren't safe.
I did say it wasn't particularly relevent to an emergency
boot partition.

Actually if you are going to boot a different partition it needn't
be on the same media.  So a bootable floppy/cd would suffice?


David Laight: