[CentOS] Dangerous Software Raid instructions on Wiki

Bassu bashukhan at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 14:56:13 UTC 2009

I would agree with Max. Doing things you don't know requires you to have a
bit of knowledge before proceeding like warnings in a few configuration
files to not to go ahead and doom your production systems if you clearly
don't understand what any configuration may have been for.
It said what it did and Chan, you don't need to obviously show your rudeness
to a public mailing list.

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 7:48 AM, Max Hetrick <maxhetrick at verizon.net> wrote:

> Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
> > http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/SoftwareRAIDonCentOS5
> >
> > has:
> >
> > dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=64
> > dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=64
> >
> > Will the joker who put in this particular gem without any warnings or a
> > clear explanation for those who need a clueby4 with regards to file
> > systems please either remove the instructions or add a very clear
> > warning that damage to file systems that is not recoverable will result
> > if run on the wrong disk(s).
> >
> > My successor at my previous job has gleefully followed those
> > instructions (he seriously needs a clueby4 which is why he bothers to
> > actually read HowTos) and on a production box (who wants pop-corn and
> > soda? Sorry, the er support conversation will not be on irc) and I think
> > this seriously highlights the need for HowTo writers to seriously
> > consider their audience as dumb monkeys that just follow whatever you
> > tell them to do without thinking if you do not list out things they
> > first have to think about or questions they first need to answer.
> The document's first sentence clearly states the purpose of the document:
> "This article addresses the setting up of a software (mdraid) RAID1 at
> install time on systems without a true hardware RAID* controller."
> The part being important here is "install time." So I think it's pretty
> clear. Is it the document writer's fault that other didn't read this
> part? I don't think so.
> Regards,
> Max
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