I have recently started using a previously idle MicroVAX II running
Ultrix 4.2; unfortunately, the printed manuals were sent to the
recyclers several months ago.
I am having problems with both the root and /usr filesystems; both
report hard errors. When I booted first, the occasional process
swapping off the root disk used to die, but now the machine dumps
me into single-user mode because fsck complains about hard errors
on / during reboot. Things have gotten so bad that I can't mount
the /usr filesystem to read manual pages, and fscking the root disk
and trying to use radisk to mark blocks as bad both fail. Is there
any way I can save things without reformatting the partitions?
SCRG, Department of Computer Science, Trinity College, Dublin