umass panic

Simon 'corecode' Schubert corecode at
Sun Jul 17 04:12:48 PDT 2005

Jeroen Ruigrok/asmodai wrote:
  I wouldn't expect good things to happen detaching a drive without
  unmounting it first.
People are used to pulling out flash storage (compact flash, memory sticks
and the like) without the system going down.  Especially if no changes have
been made to the filesystem.
Things like this need to be handled transparent and gracefully, not
panicing.  (This has always been my one of biggest gripes about Unix.)
yea, despite that it's not particularly nice to the operating system to 
remove devices without telling so first, we have to face this situation. 
I'd even prefer that non-flushed data will be kept (or transferred to a 
userland tool), so that if you notice "uh, I didn't umount!" and insert 
it back, the data can be flushed out...

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