[Sugar-devel] GPA School Visit report for Tuesday July 14
sdaly.be at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 11:30:28 EDT 2009
To minimize this risk, for the first run of Sugar Labs branded sticks
I had chosen an LED-equipped model, everybody including kids can
figure out what to do / not do depending on light status.
Unfortunately, SD Cards which represent a cheaper and more robust form
factor in particular for netbooks don't have LEDs :-(
On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 4:14 AM, Martin
Langhoff<martin.langhoff at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 8:35 AM, Greg Smith<gregsmithpm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As I got there I noticed a kid had unplugged their USB before full
>> shut down and they were frantically trying to plug it back in while
>> errors scrolled on the screen. Still not sure if they lost data (will
>> check tomorrow on kid who made the same mistake last week). Is there
>> anything we can do to ensure that all data is written/saved ASAP on
>> clicking Shut down from the menu?
> This is a very valid concern, and very tricky. I've seen lots of
> problems with LiveUSB sticks and unclean shutdown.
> The short of it is that the scheme behind "LiveUSB", specifically the
> "persistent storage" is very brittle, to the point that it can hose
> the entire disk badly. The USB stick will only be usable again after
> re-formatting and re-installing the SoaS software (losing user data,
> It is a bad combination of
> - Using "rw" overlay mountpoints that only sync every 5s. If the
> overlay partition is corrupted, it will prevent the SoaS from booting.
> - Writing on a FAT partition which is notoriously fragile... and
> mounted async. Mounting it sync slows things tremendously and wears
> the USB stick out much faster.
> IIRC, recent kernels have a mount flag for vfat (and maybe other FSs?)
> that makes the kernel more eager to flush things to disk, so you can
> keep the mountpoint async but reduce the 5s window significantly.
> Unfortunately, I can't find it now. It was well reported on LWN and
> kernelnewbies a few months ago.
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