> > > > What is so bad about the simple way: the one who wants to write
> > > > (e.g. fs) and knows _where_ to write simply uses another newly
> > > > allocated block and dumps the old one on a blacklist. The blacklist
> > > > only for being able to count them (or get the sector-numbers) in
> > > > case you are interested. If you weren't you might as well mark them
> > > > allocated and that's it (which I would presume a _bad_ idea). If
> > > > there are no free blocks left, well, then the medium is full. And
> > > > that is just about the only cause for a write error then (if the
> > > > medium is writeable at all).
> > >
> > > Modern disks generally do this kind of thing themselves. By the time
> > ^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > How many times does Stephan need to say it? 'Generally do'
> > is not enough, because it means 'sometimes they dont'.
> OK, _ALL_ modern disks do.
Stop this thread, we are arguing with god.
> Name an IDE or SCSI disk on sale today that doesn't retry on write
> failiure. Forget I said 'Generally do'.
IBM DMVS18V (SCSI)
Maxtor ATA133 160 GB DiamondMax Plus.
Maybe they _should_, but I can tell you they in fact sometimes don't (IBM very,
very seldom, Maxtor just about all the time)
> > Most filesystems *are* designed with badblock lists and such,
> > it is possible to teach fs drivers to tolerate write errors
> > by adding affected blocks to the list and continuing (as opposed
> > to 'remounted ro, BOOM!'). As usual, this can only happen if someone
> > will step forward and code it.
> > Do you think it would be a Wrong Thing to do?
> Yes, I do.
> It achieves nothing useful, and gives people a false sense of security.
How do _you_ know that? What makes _you_ argue for what _I_ think is useful and
_my_ sense of security? You are on thin ice ...
> We have moved on since the 1980s, and I believe that it is now up to
> the drive firmware, or the block device driver to do this, it has no
> place in a filesystem.
Interestingly I owned one of those 30 MB MFM Seagate howling drives back in the
80s. I had no errors on it until I threw it away for its unbelievable noise
rate. Today I throw away one (very low-noise) disk about every week for
shooting yet another fs somewhere near midnight.
Indeed we moved on, only the direction looks sometimes questionable ...
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