Copy process over hardware failure is endless

Hello there,

I'm trying to copy the contents of a disk to another. The source disk
shows ext3 fs problems due to hardware failures, and the copy process
within mc is endless. Copying from or to a broken disk layer is
something I always avoided from within mc because of this behaviour.

In /var/log/messages I'm getting tons of:
Sep  7 14:48:03 monolith kernel: sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Add. Sense: No additional sense information
Sep  7 14:48:32 monolith kernel: sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Sense Key : No Sense [current]
Sep  7 14:48:32 monolith kernel: Info fld=0x0

I'm not asking for mc to fix hardware problems, but is there a way to
tell it to give up when it's stuck in such endless error-retry loop? Or
maybe it's not mc but the low-level functions that are responsible?

Pressing S for skip or A for Abort will never skip/abort, and I would
like mc to copy as many files as it can, if possible it could ignore
errors after few retries and give a list of skipped files at the end of
the process?

Any thought?

GNU/Linux Fedora 11, kernel

F11's GNU Midnight Commander 4.6.2:
Virtual File System: tarfs, extfs, cpiofs, ftpfs, fish, smbfs, undelfs
With builtin Editor
Using system-installed S-Lang library with terminfo database
With subshell support as default
With support for background operations
With mouse support on xterm
With internationalization support
With multiple codepages support
Data types: char 8 int 32 long 32 void * 32 off_t 64 ecs_char 8



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