[techtalk] Generic Question

Robert Kiesling kiesling at localhost.ix.netcom.com
Tue Dec 28 10:10:05 EST 1999

"Jenn V." <jenn at simegen.com> wrote:

> Robert Kiesling wrote:
> > 
> > But not very much, since sysadminning requires experience as well as
> > the ability to read the instructions.  (If not exactly nerves of
> > steel, if the folks on alt.sysadmin.recovery are to be taken
> > seriously.  Make mine extra dry, please.)
> > 
> > To answer your question: I suppose it would depend on the state of the
> > backups and the utilites that were still present on the system.  (Of
> > course, on *modern* systems, we all have boot/root disks at the ready,
> > right?).
> Uhhh....
> But we do have three linux machines, all duplicates of the others.
> And while I can't put my hands on my boot disk without thinking, I 
> know which husband/hacker had his hands on it and 'put it down 
> somewhere'.
> But yes, sysadminning requires a 'never act in panic' state of 
> mind.

Does that mean it's like being married?  Really, I wasn't trying to be
rude.... Unix requires a different frame of mind than M$ Windows or
DOS.  But systems are different and it's difficult to give good,
generic advice.  If you were to have worked as a sysadmin in the
era/on the hardware that are described in the article that Telsa
referred to (which is one of my favorites, btw), you'd very likely
already have used 'sh' and 'echo' to restore a copy of the root file
system's superblock from one of it's backup locations.  :)


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