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All bugs are bad

All bugs are bad

Posted May 9, 2008 7:36 UTC (Fri) by jzbiciak (subscriber, #5246)
In reply to: All bugs are bad by jmorris42
Parent article: Time to slow down?

Not all bug reports describe kernel bugs. Sometimes faulty hardware is the cause. So, while it might be fair to say "all bugs are bad," it's not fair to say "all bug reports represent an actual bug in the Linux kernel, and therefore must be fixed by changing the kernel."

Anyone who's owned a computer that's a poster child for the Signal 11 FAQ knows what I'm talking about. So does anyone who insists on buying ECC RAM.

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All bugs are bad

Posted May 9, 2008 7:42 UTC (Fri) by jzbiciak (subscriber, #5246) [Link]

I should add, I did have a 486 system that was a poster child for the sig-11 FAQ, and I did
have a filesystem get hosed by a bitflip on a machine I built w/ 512MB RAM that wasn't ECC.
(The machine had nearly a year of uptime and not much load.  A bitflip on a disk buffer wasn't
actually all that unlikely.)

My current boxes all get ECC RAM now, and tons of extra cooling.

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