On Thu, Dec 06, 2001 at 11:28:36AM +0000, Brian Scanlan wrote:
> > hadn't been shutdown correctly and the ensuing FS corruption meant that they
> > couldn't get the thing operational again. Obviously weren't running ReiserFS
> > then :-)
>> Or UFS logging for that matter. Jeez, I coulda talked them through
> getting the thing working again. They probably didn't have any boot
> media on them though.
and probably didn't know your phone number either :-)
But seriously, even if they had boot media, it's unlikely that they would
have attempted an in-flight repair. The machine was no longer in its nominal
state and there could be no guarantee that any fix attempt would restore it
to that state. It might look okay . . .
There's also the issue of time - every minute of an astronaut's time on a
mission is planned for. If it took an hour to fix the problem, that hour has
to come from somewhere - some activity has to suffer, even if it is the one
upset by the failing machine.
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