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

From: Robert Millan
Subject: Re: [PATCH]: Save boot record before writing to the dest_drive
Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 13:22:14 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)

On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 11:09:17PM +0100, Colin Watson 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 ...
> 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.

So your point is that if backup is done automatically, this would be useful
when dealing with users who didn't plan ahead?

Seems reasonable.

Robert Millan

  The DRM opt-in fallacy: "Your data belongs to us. We will decide when (and
  how) you may access your data; but nobody's threatening your freedom: we
  still allow you to remove your data and not access it at all."

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