In the last episode (Jul 06), David Scheidt said:
> On Thu, 5 Jul 2001, Dan Nelson wrote:
> :In the last episode (Jul 05), Benjamin P. Grubin said:
> :> As of a month ago or so, there was some discussion that concluded it
> :> was unsafe to enable softupdates on a root partition.  Is it safe to
> :> go back in the water there, now?
> :
> :The 2 drawbacks with SU are
> :
> :1 - You can't immediately reuse the space occupied by a file you just
> :    deleted; this may bite you if you do an installworld and don't have
> :    20MB free on /.  when it comes to installing /sbin, you need 18MB
> :    for the new binaries, but you can't reuse the 18MB for the
> :    just-deleted binaries.
> I've dodged that problem by SIGSTOPing installworld a couple times during
> the /sbin install, waiting for softupdates to catchup, and then SIGCONTing
> it.  That's a pain; it's ugly, but it does work.  Easier than a reboot,
> sometimes.

My workaround when it bit me was to run a "while sleep 1 ; do sync ;
done" loop in another window to speed up the softupdate clock.  I
suppose cranking down the kern.{file,meta,dir}delay sysctls would have
done the same thing.

        Dan Nelson

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