fstab and bad hard drives

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Wed Aug 17 18:22:21 GMT 2005

Brian Clark <clark at essociate.com> writes:

> I searched and looked through the man pages and was unable to find
> any information on this. My question is, is there a way to make
> freebsd boot if it has problems mounting a hard drive listed in
> fstab? With NFS drives I use 'bg' so the system will continue to
> boot if the NFS drive is down or unavailable. I would prefer if a
> hard drive on the system was to stop working that the system would
> still boot and not hang in single user mode. This is for remote
> servers that are about 2 hours away and have had several instances
> where an extra drive on the system failed which caused the system to
> not reboot correctly... so then i have to drive down manually edit
> the fstab, (remove the entry) reboot and all is fine. In an ideal
> world, if the system reboots and an extra drive fails to mount then
> the system skips it and continues to load without the bad drive. Any
> ideas? I was considering noauto and have an rc.d script mount them
> but not for sure if it would still hang the system.

That last is the approach I would have suggested...

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