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Aug
6
comment area on disk after the MBR and before the partition start-point
@Martin: If you previously had GRUB 0.99 installed, it might still be in that area, even if your current bootloader is GRUB 2.x and not using it.
Jul
7
comment Is it safe to take the drive image of the current working drive?
Bullet point 4 has the same limitations as #2, right? An application could be in the middle of issuing writes, and the snapshot knows nothing of the application-level transaction.
Jul
2
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Jun
16
awarded  Caucus
May
5
comment vi: move a line by 4 bytes
Why are you making measurements in "bytes" in a text editor? Text is by the "character" or "glyph".
Mar
25
comment Do I need to worry about “tail: unrecognized file system type 0xbeefdead”?
@goldilocks: Yes I have seen that. But there should be a question IN the question, not only in the title. Because in fact, while the title question may be grammatically correct, it wasn't the question the poster actually wanted and accepted an answer to. The accepted answer doesn't even address the question in the title, but the last one of the true questions "What causes this? Is it a serious problem? Can it be fixed?".
Mar
24
comment Do I need to worry about “tail: unrecognized file system type 0xbeefdead”?
@goldilocks: It is a nice story but there is no question. Also, fix your caps lock key.
Dec
16
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Nov
23
comment date doesn't accept its own output
@slm: I think the quotes will still be eaten by my workstation shell and not go through ssh
Nov
23
answered date doesn't accept its own output
Nov
23
asked date doesn't accept its own output
Oct
29
comment 32-bit, 64-bit CPU op-mode on Linux
Actually there are 5. The first combination can be "... on 32-bit hardware" or "... on 64-bit hardware". The remaining 3 require 64-bit hardware.
Oct
11
comment Safely use SD cards when power can go out at any time
A minute of battery power shouldn't be needed. The amount of power needed to safely unmount an SD card ought to be well within the range that a capacitor can store.
Oct
11
comment Safely use SD cards when power can go out at any time
sync would probably make matters worse, since it increases the fraction of time that the metadata is mid-update.
Aug
7
comment Can I do everything on Linux without keyboard?
If "everything works except keyboard", then presumably you have working USB ports. Use a USB keyboard.
Jul
31
comment Why isn't there a server edition for Fedora like Ubuntu?
Duplicate of unix.stackexchange.com/q/28647/11284
Jul
31
accepted clone root directory tree using busybox
Jul
31
comment clone root directory tree using busybox
Still, yours is the correct answer to the question I asked, which is how to copy a root filesystem using busybox without descending into mountpoints, even thought it wasn't what I actually ended up doing.
Jul
31
comment clone root directory tree using busybox
The problem with find+cpio under busybox isn't find, it's cpio, which is badly hobbled. "Extract or list files from a cpio archive". No options to create an archive or pass-through. I have customizations of an image originally built by others. But yes, making a disk image from the NFS server turned out to be much easier.
Jul
30
comment clone root directory tree using busybox
It looks like dd is viable after all, for actually writing to the destination. One can use the NFS server with a full set of archival tools to create an image in a target-appropriate filesystem, using a loopback file to store it.