Auto-mounting ext2 slices

Robert Storey y2kbug at
Mon Apr 26 05:32:19 PDT 2004

I am not having good luck doing an fsck on /dev/ad0s6 (which is indeed a Linux
ext2 partition). Here's what happens (note that partition is unmounted):

  root at sonic:~> e2fsck /dev/ad0s6
  e2fsck 1.32 (09-Nov-2002)
  The filesystem size (according to the superblock) is 1343427 blocks
  The physical size of the device is 0 blocks
  Either the superblock or the partition table is likely to be corrupt!
  Abort<y>? yes

  root at sonic:~> fsck_ext2fs /dev/ad0s6
  ** /dev/ad0s6
  ioctl (GCINFO): Inappropriate ioctl for device
  /dev/ad0s6: can't read disk label

This partition is not dirty, and I can mount and unmount it if I want to:

  root at sonic:~> mount_ext2fs /dev/ad0s6 /shared
  root at sonic:~> ls -d b*
  bison-1.35              bison-1.35.tar.gz       book.txt
  root at sonic:~> cd
  root at sonic:~> umount /shared
  root at sonic:~> cd /shared
  root at sonic:/shared> ls
  root at sonic:/shared> 

But how can I fsck it? I must be doing something wrong.

best regards,

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