Linux Nightmare

This is a dream I just had: I was showing a movie on a large screen connected to my laptop running GNU/Linux. For some reason, the movie stopped playing. The file was gone. I noticed the drive was running continuously. I checked for free space:

 joehill:~>df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/hda2 55G 52G 133M 100% / 

and then again:

 joehill:~>df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/hda2 55G 51G 1.2G 98% / 

Somehow, files were disappearing. I checked for some process that might be deleting files:

 joehill:~>ps aux | grep rm joehill:~> 

or maybe an rsync job with the —delete switch?

 joehill:~>ps aux | grep rsync joehill:~> 

Nothing! I yanked out the network cable in an effort to stop the destruction. Still the free space continued to increase. Suddenly, the system reboots, but now the bootloader is gone, and I have a “no disk found” error.

Someone from my office comes over to help me, but can’t figure it out. He says, “I’ll call the trainer to help you get up to speed on Windows.”

Then I woke up in a cold sweat.


  1. Anonymous Jan 28

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  3. Lynoure Jan 28

    Ouch. Are they somehow pressuring you to switch to Windows at work or what kind of weird events trigger such terrible dreams?

  4. Adam Kessel Jan 28

    Well, my workplace does use Windows, so there is definitely some of that going on in my subconscious. I can use Firefox, Putty, etc., so it’s not all that bad.
    I think the dream was probably a cross between my workplace computer environment and The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which I saw quite recently.

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