FreeBSD 5.3 file system troubles

Kris Kennaway kris at
Wed Jan 26 11:57:20 PST 2005

On Wed, Jan 26, 2005 at 05:50:02AM -0700, Terry R. Friedrichsen wrote:
> Is anybody besides *me* having file system corruption problems with FreeBSD
> 5.3?  I've looked around on several of the mailing lists and found no men-
> tion of this.
> I have two different platforms on which I'm trying to run FreeBSD 5.3.  One
> is an x86 SMP system (dual AMD Athlon 1900+) and the other is an Alpha DS-10.
> On the SMP system, doing anything I/O intensive (like a kernel build) quickly
> corrupts the file system - I start to encounter problems like being unable to
> remove entire directory trees because the system thinks that empty directories
> are not *really* empty and therefore cannot be deleted.  Other problems occur,
> too.

Drop to single-user mode and run fsck -fy.  Sometimes fsck will fail
to detect disk corruption at boot time and it will cause problems
later on.

> On the Alpha system, I'm trying to get Xorg to work, with no success.

It's quite possible no-one else has tested this.  alpha is no longer a
tier-1 architecture because of lack of developer interest.

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