fsck on corrupted /

Erik Norgaard norgaard at locolomo.org
Mon Aug 29 08:31:36 GMT 2005

Denny White wrote:

> The problem started with a power outage before I
> had the box in question on a ups. I switched it
> to the ups and ran fsck and thought all was well.
> Then I started having periodic reboots. After the
> last one, the system would crash about the time
> fsck was checking pathnames. Have tried running
> fsck on / from both single user mode and from the
> fixit live cd. Same thing, crashes. Any help/ideas
> greatly appreciated.

If you can, try to boot mounting / read-only, at least you shouldn't get 
disk errors on that label then. But this may just be your disk degrading 
from bad to worse untill it's final death :-(

Do you get any READ_DMA or WRITE_DMA errors? I remember that there has 
been a lot of threads regarding disk errors the last month, try 
searching the archive for hints.

For example you should be able to lower throughput using ata_control, 
this may reduce problems.

Cheers, Erik

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