Exceptions and rules
Posted Oct 29, 2012 16:49 UTC (Mon) by khim
In reply to: Exceptions and rules
Parent article: Thoughts on the ext4 panic
I was responding to nix's interpretation above. You're correct about the original meaning, of course. But I disagree that the usage here fits the original meaning.
It does. We had a rule: ext4 is rock-solid and is robust no matter what you throw on it (unless you are doing something totally insane like using broken RAID controller). Now we have an exception: if you use ext4 with non-default mount option journal_checksum then you may expect data corruption in some rare cases. The fact that such a small exception raised such a ruckus can be used as a support for the original rule (after all if the file system corrupts data all the time then yet-another-bug in it will hardly be a newsworthy material).
Even if I accept that it does, however, just the fact the the phrase is widely misunderstood and misused should consign it to the dustbin; if most people don't understand it correctly, communication isn't happening.
Most people on this planet don't understand English. Should we stop using it and close LWN?
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