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> your system might be in an inconsistent state until the next reboot and you might not even know it

With the kernel panic, you'll be ending up in an inconsistent state even after the reboot - assuming it reboots - when it happens in the middle of un-taring your configuration files.




At least you WILL know that your system is in an inconsistent state and you know something wrong happened and you should take action.

Plus, there are modern features in kernels that allow you to audit your kernel panics, figure out what is wrong and, hopefully, everything should be automatically reverted back to how it was thanks to backups and journaling on the file system (to prevent corrupted images, that is).

Of course this won't automatically fix your problems for you or finish your un-taring of config files, but that's why we have sysadmins, isn't it?




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