On Wed, 26 Dec 2007, Paul Schmehl wrote:
--On December 26, 2007 3:45:15 PM -0700 Warren Block <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

It seems like we need another kind of storage, something that is known
to be only mostly data-safe.  If the system would gracefully handle
unexpected media removals, that would be nice.  Not everything is a
trustworthy hard drive.

The user ought to be able to tell the system "Yes, da0s1 is an msdos
filesystem which I'm going to be yanking out at unexpected times.  Yes,
I know it might lose some data, but at least figure things out and don't

I absolutely agree with this. At a minimum it should be possible to forcibly umount a device that you removed after forgetting to umount it first. If I had the first clue about the code, I'd submit a patch.

The code is likely... er, non-trivial, and might reach into some deep places. Maybe a project the FreeBSD Foundation would sponsor?

(Seems like there was something about bounty projects being ungood, but maybe I have that wrong. If not, I think a lot of us would be willing to contribute funds to a "Don't Panic: Removable Media" project.)

-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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