Re: 2.5.28 and partitions

From: Ryan Anderson (
Date: Fri Aug 02 2002 - 00:21:54 EST

On Thu, 1 Aug 2002, Alexander Viro wrote:
> On Thu, 1 Aug 2002, Marcin Dalecki wrote:
> you: "it's easy to screw up when working with ASCII strings"
> me: "tossers will find a way to screw up on anything, no matter what it is;
> see example of tosser screwing up on plain arithmetics"
> you: "use of ASCII wouldn't help them in that case"

Ages and ages ago (ok, not that long ago, really) I remember reading a
vaguely similar arugment on Fidonet.

The argument was largely over the format of the "next gen" message
format - RFC822 came up a lot, and the ensuing "binary header" vs "ASCII
header" arguments would follow.

All I really learned from that was, "parsing email headers is more
complicated than people suspect" (binary or ascii, doesn't matter), and that
ASCII has one advantage that more compact/binary/etc formats lack:

When the ASCII file/header/partition table/whatever gets fscked
beyond all recognition, I can fix the goddamn thing with a text editor.

That last part is the reason most people utterly detest things like the
Windows registry and prefer the (imo, at least), much saner /etc design
prevalent in Linux distributions.

Ryan Anderson
  sometimes Pug Majere

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