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[ale] YAY! (or, why I love Linux (tonight :))
- Subject: [ale] YAY! (or, why I love Linux (tonight :))
- From: nomad at rocky.orci.com (Robert L Harris)
- Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 07:51:44 -0700 (MST)
> Ok, this starts out really bad: my main Linux drive just took a header. It
> won't even be recognized at boot time. REALLY bad!
> However, this is why I love Linux. I made the unusually brilliant move about
> 2 years ago to create separate partitions for /home, /usr/local, /usr/X11R6,
> and /project (my work stuff) on disks /dev/hdb and /dev/hdc. I don't know
> what came over me! I also followed a strict habit of installing all new
> software into /usr/local (and removing the originals from /usr when they were
> still there).
> About a month ago, I finally decided to upgrade from 1.2.13 to 2.0.31. Since
> I'm a cheap bastard, and refuse to buy a decent disk (why, when there are all
> these crappy 300-800 MB ones lying around :), I put it on a new 540 Caviar
> (replacing a 340 :), and simply remounted those directories.
> I thought I was hot shit... a complete upgrade in under 2 hours, with all of
> my data still there.
> Today was much better. I pulled out the 540, put in the 340, and I'm up and
> running! Ok, I had to make a new LILO floppy, but who cares!
> Tomorrow, I buy the new Maxtor 7GB DMA disk (I finally broke down and upgraded
> my DX 50 to a K6 200 with DMA support :). However, /home/ and /project are
> staying on the slow 540 they live on now :)
> Just thought I'd share in case there are any out there with just one Linux
Sounds like a great system. I prefer one / right now though. For backups
I have a 4mm dat. The problem is that with that you have to re-install if
you loose the disk and rebuild your kernel before you can read the tape, I
haven't found a module I can load for tape support on the redhat boot/root
disks. I did find a better method. I have a Jaz drive that the boot disks
will see and initialize at boot. I use CPIO and gzip to put a 2Gig filesystem
( Compresses to 600Megs) on a Jaz. I did have a severe failure about 3 weeks
ago. I just booted off the boot/root set, mounted the Jaz, which had a copy
of gzcat and cpio with perms set right, and un-cpio'd it, made the links
from /mnt (disk I'm fixing) to / for /boot, /dev/sd* and /etc/lilo.conf,
ran lilo and rebooted. Worked great.
Just a thought for those who worry about disk failures.
Robert L. Harris | If NT is the answer,
System Engineer For Hire. \_ You don't understand the question
Robert at ast.lmco.com
These are MY OPINIONS ALONE. I speak for no-one else.
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