On Mon, Sep 16, 2002 at 03:47:20PM +0200, Xavier Bestel wrote:
> Le lun 16/09/2002 à 15:37, firstname.lastname@example.org a écrit :
> > yes, this is critical.
> > It means that your HD is going to break soon.
> Maybe these error messages should be a bit less cryptic for the
> uninitiated. Or is there a userspace utility to convert theses to
> luser-understandable messages ?
The problem is that you're going to leave out details to do this.
This means that even the experts don't know what happened.
>From the reported message I was able to pinpoint the exact spot on
his hdb2 partition where his drive has a bad spot, and I can calculate
the size of his hdb1 partition (In this case probably unneccesary
information, but still...).
If the error message says something like:
"your harddrive hdb seems to be failing. Replace it NOW!"
then I can't make a valid decision about this. I have had a WD 31600
drive which had the trouble that the last 400M would go "bad": Lots of
bad blocks. In that situation I had to monitor the drive to just have
bad blocks in the last 400M or so, while I used only the first 1000M.
(Yes, only for "tmp" stuff.)
I also have a drive that has exactly ONE bad block. Run it through
"badblocks", and you can use the disk just fine. A read-ahead
might hit on the bad block, leading to funny error messages. However
I DO need to know which block.
MAC and Windows both try to give "simple" error messages. As a
knowledgeable person I then am confronted with:
"Something went wrong. Contact your sysadmin if you can't
fix it yourself".
Well, I -=AM=- the sysadmin, and would like to know what went wrong.
Otherwise I can't fix it. This is NOT the way to go.
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