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Notes on building a 64 bit slackware machine

Posted 03-05-2012 at 06:45 PM by Rod3775

I just bought a bunch of parts and built a 64 bit machine:
Intel Core i5-2500k processor
Intel DP67BG motherboard
8GB DDR3 memory
120GB Solid State Disk (SATA 6Gb/sec)
DVD writer (SATA 1.5 Gb/s)
MSI 3070 wireless dongle (comes with motherboard)
Geforce 8400GS PCI-e video card

I am running the Slackware64-13.37 stable release on it, and discovered a bunch of things that others might find helpful. Subsequent entries will discuss each...
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Stress testing a new hard drive...

Posted 11-20-2011 at 10:38 PM by sag47
Updated 11-20-2011 at 10:40 PM by sag47
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You should always stress test a new harddrive when you buy it.

Some people say, "Just hook it up for a few months and keep unimportant data on it. If it breaks in that 1-3 month time then it will be good for 3 or 4 years."

While that metric is okay at best I prefer to take a more systematic approach to it. I want to fill the whole hard drive with random 1 and 0 over a constant and long period of time. I do that because you are stressing the hard drive out...
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rsync commands and how I backup

Posted 06-23-2011 at 05:06 PM by sag47
Updated 06-23-2011 at 05:07 PM by sag47

I run the following command when I want to just update one directory to another. It only copies files that have changed. If any files have been deleted from A they still exists in directory B. The trailing slash after A/ is necessary to tell rsync to move the contents. Otherwise A will create a folder in B called /media/B/A and move the files over.

Code:
rsync -ruptv /media/A/ /media/B
I run the following command when I want to mirror one directory to another. Any files...
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How does I/O error for HDD read looks like?

Posted 05-20-2011 at 04:01 AM by Web31337 (In The Middle Of Nowhere [edK's blog])

A bit of scary story with happy ending. Below I describe how failing HDD may look in your syslogs, and how I "resolved" this issue.
NOTICE: when you see I/O errors anywhere, or you see something like this in syslog YOUR FIRST TASK IS TO MAKE BACKUPS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE!!! ONLY WHEN YOU ARE SURE YOUR DATA IS NOW BACKED UP AND SAFE, you may proceed with something like "fixing"!

Recently had an accident involving few bad blocks on HDD. The target was Seagate...
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1 day downtime

Posted 02-11-2010 at 04:07 AM by Web31337 (In The Middle Of Nowhere [edK's blog])
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Just got online after 1-day downtime.
It's all because of me.
About a week ago my router(PI 200mhz PC) started making a noise, I got it open to see what's causing it. It was old 4x4 fan. I "fixed" it(in fact stroke it several times) and forgot about it. I was wrong. I needed to buy a new fan once it happened.
Yesterday it started making a noise again and I reacted slowly. While I was listening to music I didn't hear that, so, after some time it just hanged. Because...
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