Re: ext2 and unlink(2)

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Mon, 29 Sep 1997 21:25:58 -0400 (EDT)

Microsoft doesn't make hard disks yet, so the odds are low.
Well, IBM does, but I don't think their IDE disks do this

On Mon, 29 Sep 1997, Theodore Y. Ts'o wrote:

> No, it's not a change in e2fsck, as far as I can tell. For some reason
> we've been getting more cases where garbage is getting written into the
> inode table. This is actually very troubling since you can lose a lot
> of data that way. I'm not sure why it's happening, though. But for
> some reason, there are cases where the Linux kernel is getting confused
> enough to scribble random data on an inode table. I've gotten enough
> questions about it such that I doubt it's a hardware problem. (Unless
> there's some common IDE or SCSI disk which scribbles random data on the
> disk during certain types of entertaining crashes or powerdown
> scenarios. Unlikely, but....)
> - Ted