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the market has shown that people are willing to take this risk by driving all vendors that didn't make the change out of the marketplace
Ext3 and write caching by drives are the data killers...
Posted Sep 3, 2009 7:58 UTC (Thu) by Cato (subscriber, #7643)
It would still be better if distros made this the default but I don't see much prospect of this.
One other example of disregard for data integrity that I've noticed is that Ubuntu (and probably Debian) won't fsck a filesystem (including root!) if the system is on batteries. This is very dubious - the fsck might exhaust the battery, but the user might well prefer a while without use of their laptop due to no battery to a long time without use of their valuable data when the system gets corrupted later on...
Fortunately on my desktop with a UPS, on_ac_power returns 255 which counts as 'not on battery' for the /etc/init.d/check*.sh scripts.
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