Aria Stewart (aredridel) wrote,
Aria Stewart

Thank RedHat for RPM.

My computer did some serious evil to itself today. I fixed it in a couple hours, thanks to RPM’s database:

rpm -qa > rpms then for I in `cat rpms`; do echo $I:; rpm -V $I; done | tee log

Those two commands give a list of what’s damaged and how, and based on that, makes it darn easy to restore stuff.

User data is something else entirely, of course, but there’s a reason I keep that on another drive and make backups...

Compare this to the nearly identical but much more laughable situation I dealt with this afternoon on a customer’s computer. Windows, having no central understandable database of what's been messed up, nor any way to restore just one corrupt file (unless it's a DLL or other immutable system file). I spent three hours tracking down the fact that the system registry hive file was damaged, as was the backup, then had to re-install all of windows to make it function again. The only reason it didn't take ten hours to fix is that this particular customer has three important files: his inbox, his address book and his quicken data store. Nothing else mattered. A re-install took as long as my fixing my own computer did in total, and the damage to mine was far, far worse.


  • (no subject)

    You do occasionally visit Boston Public Library, yes? If not, get on it! You were raised in and on libraries. They are in your blood! You…

  • (no subject)

    "I had never been in a room of people who were going to say 'yes' to me before." My friend and I crammed into a rush hour crowded train…

  • Recipe: Storm in the Garden

    Recipe: Storm in the Garden Ingredients 10 ml lavender vodka 10 ml orange vodka 10 ml hibiscus vodka 200 ml ginger ale ice…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded