[clug] Spreading the joy!

Nigel Cunningham ncunningham at linuxmail.org
Tue Oct 26 22:51:14 GMT 2004


I regularly do

dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/null

to load up the memory while testing suspend. I then tend to do 

cat /proc/meminfo

to monitor how much memory is in use before starting the cycle.

Last week, I managed to end up with

cat /proc/meminfo > /dev/hda

(lack of caffeine?!). Thankfully, I could just cat /proc/partitions and
then use fdisk to restore the data and rerun lilo. Haven't seen any
adverse effects yet!


On Wed, 2004-10-27 at 17:07, Rob McAuliffe wrote:
> Anyone else done anything chuckle-worthy?
> I once wrote a floppy with dd, didn't quite get the command right,
> though:
> dd if=./floppy.img of=/dev/hda
> Funny thing is, the machine kept running for about a week before I got
> around to re-installing...  of course there's always that risk that the
> power will go out...
> (teach me not to do everything as root...)
> Rob
> On Tue, 2004-10-26 at 22:13, Darren Freeman wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > just thought you'd get a chuckle out of the horrendously brain-dead
> > thing I did today.
> > 
> > At a root prompt, working dir was /usr and I typed:
> > 
> > rm -Rf bin
> > 
> > Now, let it be known, I thought I was in /usr/local =)
> > 
> > Search for the "undo" key! THERE'S NO UNDO KEY!!
> > 
> > Not a very functional system at that point, facial expression changed,
> > internal curse words were uttered.
> > 
> > Lucky I had a year-old backup. Lucky the system hadn't been used in a
> > year too ;) Couldn't rsync, couldn't do much of anything but burn a
> > rewritable with the backup and carry it over. Did I mention the machine
> > lives in a cleanroom :)
> > 
> > Have fun,
> > Darren
Nigel Cunningham
Pastoral Worker
Christian Reformed Church of Tuggeranong
PO Box 1004, Tuggeranong, ACT 2901

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