Linux Neophyte arrggg..

Linux Neophyte arrggg..

Post by SUNBIRD » Tue, 07 Mar 1995 19:39:49

I've come to this board as a last resort. I've been trying to install
Linux on my Winbook laptop for some time now to no avail. I've used FIPS
to make a Linux native partition (110 M), and a swap partition (8 M). When
I try to boot the system from my Linux created boot disk everything looks
fine up to the end where I get the following message:

   VFS: mounted root (ext2 filesystem) read only
   EXT 2-Fs warning: mounting unchecked Fs, running E2Fsck is recommended

Everything stops and the machine is hung up. Any suggestions ?
   Also, when I load the A slackware disks I'm told that there might be a
file missing that may not allow me to boot. It says this on every disk. Is
this just an inherent fluke ?


1. Dump vs tar (across multiple hosts!!!!!! Arrggg!)

Earlier I posted a question about piping dump through compress and putting  
that output onto a 4mm tape.  Then extracting the compressed dump.  That is  
now working great but I have encountered a new problem:

The partitions I want to dump span across *two* hosts, ie,

host2:/Users    (also mounted on host1 as /Users3)

The structures are dumped via the following:

/etc/dump 0usf 60000 - /Users | compress -c - > ${TAPE}
/etc/dump 0usf 60000 - /Users2 | compress -c - > ${TAPE}
/etc/dump 0usf 60000 - /Users3 | compress -c - > ${TAPE}

When I tried to dump host2:/Users via the mount point /Users3, I get the  

  DUMP: DUMP: 89895 tape blocks on 1 tape(s)
  DUMP: level 0 dump on Tue Jul 28 18:49:06 1992
  DUMP: Date of this level 0 dump: Tue Jul 28 19:02:58 1992
  DUMP: Date of last level 0 dump: the epoch
  DUMP: Dumping /Users3 to standard output
  DUMP: (This should not happen)bread from /Users3 [block 8]: count=-8192,  
  DUMP: bad sblock magic number
  DUMP: The ENTIRE dump is aborted.

I then realized that dump wants the raw device and that /Users3 is a NFS mount  
point (!raw :-)), so that is not going to work.

I elected to go with tar for now, since it works on the directory structure  
and not the raw device, but now I am having problems reading what I tared and  
compressed from tape:

host>gnutar -cpPvf - /Users2 | compress -c - > /dev/nrst0

   (no problems here)

host>mt -f /dev/nrst0 rewind
host>cat /dev/nrst0 | zcat - | gnutar -tf -                          
cat: read error: I/O error
host>mt -f /dev/nrst0 rewind
host>dd if=/dev/nrst0
read: I/O error
0+0 records in
0+0 records out

How can I extract what I put onto the tape??  Did I do the tar->compress->tape  
correctly???  (Btw, if anyone knows an easy way (rsh?) to use dump, instead of  
tar, let me know!)

Any help will be appreciated.


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