USB FLASH Drive LED doesn't change
Mike.McCarty at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 10 21:25:03 UTC 2006
Robin Laing wrote:
> Mike McCarty wrote:
>> Well, I always umount before removing any such device, which should
>> flush all dirty buffers. But simply flashing when the device is being
>> written does not sound adequate for any system which does disc write
>> caching with write-back policy rather than write-through, and I know
>> for a fact that MS Windows after 3.x do that. So I wonder just what
>> use the LED is unless the software which mounts it has some control
>> over it. True, withdrawing it during a write almost surely will corrupt
>> it. But so can withdrawing it while there are dirty cache buffers.
> This was the point of my bug report.
> I had written to a drive that I couldn't see the LED on. When the icon
> disappeared from the desktop, I thought the drive was safe to remove.
> Guess what, it wasn't. Ouch corrupted drive. Repeated many times.
Ah, I vaguely remember the discussion here, now.
I don't use the desktop icons for mounting/dismounting, I use
command line. I have never had a problem with umount returning before
the device had been written and all buffers flushed. But then,
this is my first FLASH disc emulation device.
> The proposed changes will be more in line with Windows that you will get
> a pop-up saying that it is safe to remove the drive.
OUCH! NO, NO, NO! Please don't make more pop-ups!
If you want your icon interface to pop up a message saying "WAIT!"
and then go away after the write is complete, that would be preferable
to a pop-up saying it is ok. That forces me to do another click to
dismiss the pop-up. I've got enough problems with unwanted pop-ups
showing up. I get REALLY tired of seeing the window manager tell me that
the Acrobat window hasn't gone away, yet, every time I close the stupid
window. I don't need more!
But I'd rather not have a pop-up at all.
FAR better is not to dismiss the icon or change its state to "unmounted"
view until after the flush takes place. I DON'T NEED NO STINKIN'
ESPECIALLY don't make my CLI command create ANY pop-ups ever!
Yeah, I went there and tried to make this request, but I'm not
an "official" bugzilla contributor.
Oh, well, nobody is going to force me to "upgrade" to more pop-ups.
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