Filesystem Problem. Help/Advice Required Please.

Filesystem Problem. Help/Advice Required Please.

Post by ws1 » Tue, 15 Sep 1998 04:00:00

We are running SCO OpenServer Release 5. The initial hardware build and
software installation was done externally. The system has been running
ok for several months until recently. I am not aware that anything has
been changed on the server, no major upgrades etc.

Problem: On reboot (after a tidy shutdown), the system runs an fsck on
the root filesystem and reports that the filesystem is larger than the

Filesystem is 4019369K and the device is 3865499K and recommends
a backup and rebuild.

However doing a df -v shows on /dev/root blocks 8038738
used is 846860, free is 7191878 and only 11% full.

Divvy shows blocks allocated to root as start block 406528
end block 4272026 giving a total 3865498 available for filesystem.

Has anyone any ideas or suggestions as to why this is?
Thanking you in advance.
Colin Woodford.
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1. Help. Need filesystem advice please.

Hi fellow Linux advocates.  Need some advice.

Useful info
Machine: Athlon 750 Mhz
Disk: IBM Deskstar 46 GB
OS : Linux Mandrake 8.1 with updates
Filesystem: ext3
Install Path: Fresh installation with format of existing partitions.
Previously had Mandrake 8.0

This has happened 3 maybe 4 times with two of them being quite
painful.  I use tune2fs to force an fsck on my disk on reboot.  It
tells me that the drive is in an inconsistent state and I might lose
data.  And we go through the fsck and it changes stuff.

I lost a tar file containing a pristine .tgz of Windows98 partition (I
still boot to that to watch DVDs occasionally, and when it louses
itself up -- I would roll it back using the tar file so I didn't have
to spend 10 hours reinstalling.  It tooks 3 minutes instead).

Anyway, that file was painful to lose.

Latest I lost some files in the kdelibs rpm package.  (something went
corrupted and so no kde program would run without immediately
crashing).  I tried to fix them by doing an rpm -Uvh -replacepkgs and
it gave me a wierd error that it couldn't unlink one of the associated
files -- even though it wasn't in use and I was root.  So I rebooted,
ran an fsck it said "you'll lose data" -- I said "ok" and it did it.
When the machine came back, I tried the rpm -Uvh --replacepkgs again
and it succeeded and I can run KDE programs again.

What gives?  I don't know every single thing to know about a file
system, but this is definately getting old and I definately have data
that I don't want to lose (needless to say I'll be backing it up to CD

I am planning on rebuilding this machine from scratch (I figured I'd
delay until Mandrake 8.2 comes out though because it's so close).
When I do should I bag ext3?  Has there been fixes made since the
release of Mandrake 8.1?  Should I go back to ext2 and live without
the Journal?

IBM's JFS is starting to look really good right now.  I know that
there are people out there who swear by ResierFS.

Please help me through this unreliability crisis.  :)


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