. and .. directories missing
akhali1 at yahoo.com
Tue Sep 7 08:50:12 PDT 2004
I'm having some trouble with FreeBSD on my T20 ThinkPad. There is a
problem with the hard disk that prevents me from booting into
multi-user mode. I'm not exactly sure what the problem is; fsck
reports many hundreds of errors on the /usr & /home partitions, claims
to fix those, but doesn't. If I run fsck back to back, the same errors
show up. When I reboot after fsck, it does attempt to boot (since
filesystems are marked clean) but panic, and fails to sync 1 buffer.
Not sure which one, but it's always 1 buffer. I'm also not entirely
sure what caused this problem to occur, but right before when it
occurred I was doing a massive portupgrade -rR of many things, and many
(but not all) of the disk problems seem to be in the /usr/ports tree.
Now to the things that I do know: I suddenly have many directories,
particularly under /usr/ports, that do not have the normal . and ..
entries. I also cannot rmdir or rm -rf them, because it says they're
not empty (except they're as empty as I've seen, ls -al returns no
lines). Why would that occur. Is there a way to put them back in?
Could I ln . to what, maybe .? and ln .. to the parent directory?
Anybody have any ideas as to what could have occurred or what I can do
to fix the problem? I have downloaded, burned & booted the excellent
FreeSBIE disk and I can mount and access the hard disk partitions that
way. Also, the install CDs mention a repair disk in their install
menu, that I couldn't find images for. Instead I used FreeSBIE.
I was tracking STABLE (4.10) and had done an update & rebuild of the
system about 10 days ago.
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