I recently posted a question, How to recover after messing with hard drive during mid-session sleep?. It appeared to be a Linux issue, which is why I posted it here.
After a lot of diagnosis, it turned out that the intractable aspect of the issue was primarily a hardware problem. It wasn't a fluke, but a relatively common problem (failure of an old external hard drive enclosure). There actually was a Linux problem (corruption of the file system). The added hardware problem turned the issue from something easily resolved into one with more severe symptoms.
The question was closed as a hiccup (not reproducible, solved itself with trivial solution, not likely to be helpful to others). I'm wondering whether that's applicable.
- The problem is reproducible by anyone unfortunate enough to have an external drive enclosure with a common type of failure.
- It didn't solve itself or magically disappear. It required significant diagnostic work to discover the hardware issue. Fixing the hardware problem is what allowed the Linux issue to be resolved.
- Many apparently difficult problems turn out to be difficult because the user is focused on what appears to be a purely OS or software problem when it is actually caused by, or complicated by, a hardware issue.
I don't know how many people would make the same stupid mistake I did, and concurrently have a similar hardware problem. However, I can see value in the example:
- It illustrates the value of checking potential hardware issues when faced with an apparent OS or software problem that is harder to resolve than it ought to be.
- For someone who makes the same mistake of disconnecting the drive during a session, the answer provides some reassurance by explaining that under normal circumstances, it may be fairly easy to recover from.
- There probably won't be a lot of people with the identical problem, but it's conceivable that another person or two might be in the same situation, in which case, the question and answer would be directly useful.
So my questions here:
- Did the hardware issue make this question off-topic (is the hold appropriate)?
- Is there any potential for rewording to solve the hold issue?