[Techtalk] rebooting bad?

Malcolm-Rannirl rannirl-lc at otherkin.net
Tue Aug 20 11:40:51 EST 2002

On Tuesday 20 August 2002 12:28 pm, Jeff Dike wrote:

> > So, is it, and if so why?
> It is, because you don't end up understanding what the problem was.

I knew exactly what the problem was in this case (ensuring that certain 
critial files weren't being touched whilst they were backed up, having the 
backup in the boot sequence and rebooting each night was a solution that 
would work). A general "oh, just reboot it" approach I agree is not a good 
solution though.

On Tuesday 20 August 2002 11:18 am, Sophie wrote:

> Downtime aside, I usually say something along the lines of caches are
> flushed without reason, wheras if you'd have left it running, it would be
> highly optimised for your specific environment...

As the solution required shutting down the main app that was running and they 
copying potentially non-trivial amounts of data around, I'm not sure how much 
cache preservation we'd have. In general, that sounds like a good reason 

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