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Re: [PATCH]: Save boot record before writing to the dest_drive

From: address@hidden
Subject: Re: [PATCH]: Save boot record before writing to the dest_drive
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 01:50:58 -0500

On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 5:09 PM, Colin Watson <address@hidden> wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 11:10:49PM +0200, Robert Millan wrote:
>> I'm sorry, but I really see very limited usefulness in this.  It's only
>> potentially useful to expert users, but those should know how to backup
>> sectors in their disk already.
> Of course, like many restore facilities, it's only useful if you
> remembered or realised that you needed to do the backup before the data
> was overwritten ...

As a user of grub, I think that automatically making a backup is nice,
as long as:
(1) I can specify not to make the backup
(2) It doesn't overwrite any existing file unless I explicitly specify
the filename

> It would be nice to have a straightforward answer to the sort of bug
> report that goes "argh, I installed Debian/Ubuntu and it ate the special
> magic boot loader I carefully installed there five years ago", I must
> admin.
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