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  • SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

    Phoronix: SSD Failure Temporarily Halts Linux 3.12 Kernel Work

    The failure of a solid-state drive in Linus Torvalds' main workstation has led to new activity during the Linux 3.12 kernel merge window being temporarily suspended...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQ1ODY

  • #2
    Wait, does that mean that he has no backups?

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    • #3
      nor does he RAID1?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
        Wait, does that mean that he has no backups?
        "Only wimps use tape backup. REAL men just upload their important stuff on ftp and let the rest of the world mirror it."

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        • #5
          Originally posted by phoronix View Post
          If the SSD disk isn't recoverable he will finish out the Linux 3.12 merge window from a laptop.
          it's not a disk.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Yorgos View Post
            it's not a disk.
            I suppose he might also go to an ATM machine and use a CAC card for identity verification.. while we are picking nits. Solid state disk disk.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tgui View Post
              I suppose he might also go to an ATM machine and use a CAC card for identity verification.. while we are picking nits. Solid state disk disk.
              Dude, thats Solid State Drive Disk, not repetitive like your other two examplese... idiot!

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              • #8
                I wonder if somehow poor OpenSUSE will get blamed for this too....

                I notice that the Gordon Ramsay of software's not verbally abusing himself for not having backups though....

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                • #9
                  I'm thoroughly enjoying the comments to this topic.

                  But in all seriousness, why doesn't linus do RAID 1? Like sure, it's not very probable for an SSD to just fail unexpectedly like that, but, he probably kills the cells of an SSD much faster than most people, so it's very likely that if he did RAID 1, his other SSD would be taken down at the same time.



                  Really amazing when you think about it though - 1 computer holds back the entire official release of the kernel.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Vim_User View Post
                    Wait, does that mean that he has no backups?
                    From his email, it sounds like he just lost a day or so worth of new data. I would hope he backs up important stuff at least every 24 hours.

                    I guess he had like a day's worth of git merge requests saved to the SSD, and before he could merge them (which is effectively a backup), the SSD died.
                    Last edited by jwilliams; 09-11-2013, 12:19 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Torvalds
                      I had pushed out _most_ of my pulls today, so realistically I didn't
                      lose a lot of work. However, any people having outstanding pull
                      requests or patches that they expected me to merge that are not in the
                      current tree on git.kernel.org, you may want to re-send the email,
                      because I had archived emails as I merged them, and I may not have
                      found all the ones that never made it out.. I know a few involved,
                      but....
                      It's well under a day's worth...
                      As far as backups, that's what git is for.
                      Well, it's not the original purpose, but it's a function that it's useful for.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Tgui View Post
                        I suppose he might also go to an ATM machine and use a CAC card for identity verification.. while we are picking nits. Solid state disk disk.
                        Although despite the name, an SSD isn't actually a disk. It's a bunch of chips, not a spinning platter...

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by schmidtbag View Post
                          Really amazing when you think about it though - 1 computer holds back the entire official release of the kernel.
                          A release isn't going to be held back. Probably not even a RC.

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                          • #14
                            For those wanting to know why he didn't mirror the disks, he feels that it's just inconvenience. He explains it in the same mailing list thread.

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                            • #15
                              I never want to hear those words, SSD failure.

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