The Importance of a Name

In a recent blog post, an extreme case of bad naming that could have cost a lot if it weren’t for the resilience of the great operating system Linux is shared. It all started when a MySQL data directory was mounted inside /opt/redash – which also contained a Redash installation, a script to make a daily dump of the database, the MySQL database password that the script uses as well as all the Docker configuration files. The disaster occurred after the Redash was removed, and the deletion of the MySQL data directory followed some weeks later. Luckily a cautious “move” and Linux’s intelligence saved the situation, resulting in a reminder to follow standards and document procedures for special cases.

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