[rescue] DLT drive dead want to replace without rebooting

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Wed Nov 29 09:49:00 CST 2006

On Wednesday 29 November 2006 05:48, Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Nov 2006, Peter Corlett wrote:
> > ASCII-mode interfaces are preferable because they're easier to
> > debug - as evidenced by things like SMTP.
> Over a network between two systems with the potential to disagree on
> absolutely everything from byte order to byte size, sure.
> As an adminsitrative API within the same physical system?  Oh -hell-
> no. What's to debug there?  Either the userland side and kernel side
> agree on what bits to frob in the kernel or they don't.  The kernel
> isn't going to get easier to debug by sticking ASCII parsers on every
> conceivable interface; it's going to get -harder-.

It's really handy to be able to manipulate these by hand using "echo" 
and shell redirection, or in things like init scripts, without having 
to call an outside C program just to manipulate the interface.  Not 
just debugging, but actual day-to-day use.

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