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Re: why the change in the checksums

From: Zack Weinberg <zack_at_codesourcery.com>
Date: 2003-02-02 21:42:18 CET

Kevin Pilch-Bisson <kevin@pilch-bisson.net> writes:

> I merely meant to point out that there isn't a single reason why a
> checksum error can occur, so we can't go blindly recovering from
> checksum errors.

Yes. Each situation where a checksum error can occur needs to be
thought about individually, and a specific recovery strategy designed;
in the absence of that, 'punt to the user' is always safe.

I think that forcing the repository read-only on an indication of
intra-repository data corruption - checksum errors or otherwise - is
something that should be implemented before 1.0, since it will limit
damage caused by bugs or hardware faults. The other checksum-error
situations are more user convenience issues, so they can wait.


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Received on Sun Feb 2 21:43:07 2003

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