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Production Ready?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:29 pm
by tbar
I'm gonna run my RPi as a headless server handling dns, dhcp, smb, nfs, apache, backup, etc. and plan on using a USB-connected HDD for everything (after the initial boot of a SD-card). Is Arch for RPi stable enough for this to work without taking any serious risks?

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:15 pm
by jamesh
What do you class as a serious risk?

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:34 pm
by n_K
It will run like a slug with all that.

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:36 pm
by SN
and the slug (NSLU2) was pretty slow....

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:54 pm
by pe7er
tbar wrote:Is Arch for RPi stable enough for this to work without taking any serious risks?
Arch is very stable.
tbar wrote:I'm gonna run my RPi as a headless server handling dns, dhcp, smb, nfs, apache, backup, etc. and plan on using a USB-connected HDD for everything (after the initial boot of a SD-card).
However, is doing all that stuff from a USB-connected HDD stable enough?
Maybe I am wrong, but I thought that a USB-connected HDD would take somewhat longer to start up from hybernation then a regular internal HDD would do.

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 9:17 pm
by Grumpy Mike
pe7er wrote:
tbar wrote: Arch is very stable.
Come off it you must be joking. This is one of the most unstable platforms around. Just look at the trouble shooting section.
My experience alone shows it to be very unstable both in hardware and software.

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:46 am
by jamesh
Grumpy Mike wrote:
pe7er wrote:
tbar wrote: Arch is very stable.
Come off it you must be joking. This is one of the most unstable platforms around. Just look at the trouble shooting section.
My experience alone shows it to be very unstable both in hardware and software.
Have you considered your experience may be atypical? Also consider the number of issues in the troubleshooting section vs the number of boards sold, where boards sold > 50k.

Although that said, we are still in the dev phase of the software, so some instability is to be expected. Mine seem pretty reliable though.

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:46 am
by tbar
SN wrote:and the slug (NSLU2) was pretty slow....
Heh.. I'm gonna upgrade my slug by replacing it with a RPi :D

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:48 am
by tbar
jamesh wrote:What do you class as a serious risk?
Corrupted data is what I'm most worried about.

Re: Production Ready?

Posted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:06 am
by jamesh
tbar wrote:
jamesh wrote:What do you class as a serious risk?
Corrupted data is what I'm most worried about.
I wouldn't be using the Raspi (at its current state of development) for critical information that you don't have backed up elsewhere. It's good, but its not perfect.

But then if you have critical data, you SHOULD have it backed up elsewhere whatever the device you are using it on.