fsck gave up on me!

Roland Smith rsmith at xs4all.nl
Sat Nov 3 09:42:31 PDT 2007

On Sat, Nov 03, 2007 at 07:42:59AM -0600, Warren Block wrote:
> On Fri, 2 Nov 2007, lawrence.petrykanyn at sympatico.ca wrote:
>>  I have been using FreeBSD 6.2 for a couple of months now with no major
>>  snags.  Until now.  I did a portupgrade this morning and afterwards,
>>  when I logged in as a user into Gnome, my desktop was missing most of
>>  the programs (Accessories, System Tools, etc.).
>>  I rebooted the machine and "that other" terminal screen came up
>>  (Single User?) and I was prompted to "run fsck manually" so I did so.
>>  Well, fsck gave up on me.  I have no idea what happened or why.  Can
>>  anyone help me understand what is going on with my machine and any
>>  possible actions I can take to resolve this?
>>  Script started on Fri Nov  2 17:13:22 2007
>>  You have mail.
>>  root# fscd[Kk
>>  ** /dev/ad1s1a (NO WRITE)
>>  ** Last Mounted on /
>>  ** Root file system
>>  ** Phase 1 - Check Blocks and Sizes
>>  CANNOT READ BLK: 524544
>>  CONTINUE? [yn] y
> That looks like a hard drive going bad.

Best make a backup if you still can.

Install the sysutils/smartmontools port. Then use smartctl(8) with the
-a option on /dev/ad1.

R.F.Smith                                   http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/
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