JP Vossen on 23 May 2009 12:18:24 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Fixing smartd "Offline uncorrectable sectors" *

 > Date: Fri, 22 May 2009 21:34:35 -0400
 > From: LeRoy <>
 > That is why it is always best to have a live CD and physical access
 > to the machine.

I have to go with David and disagree with "best."  It may be nice, but 
it isn't always possible, or at least feasible.  In my particular case 
it would be inconvenient but possible.

The examples I'm thinking of are research setups as have come up on 
Slashdot and TheDailyWTF recently, where machines are hundreds of miles 
away in a shack, or perhaps totally inaccessible during parts of the 
year.  Of course there are other tricks like offline recovery 
partitions, ideally on another device (like a CFcard), serial consoles, 
and so forth.  Not necessarily perfect or non-trivial, but...

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