Hoping someone can help me out here...
YDL 2.1 running on a 7200/120 with 128mb of RAM. I have 3 partitions
(besides /swap) mounted at "/", "/var" and "/home". I'm trying to backup my
root partition to tape using dump. I get the normal dump messages telling
me it's starting and mapping. Then, when I get to "Pass III (Directories)"
the system hangs. No response at all from anything. I can't log on to any
other terminal, I can't telnet in...nothing. If I stop the dump (control-z)
then I get the normal "Stopped" message from the system, but I get no
command prompt. Sometimes, during the process, I get messages on my screen
saying "Invalidate: busy buffer" or "Invalidate: dirty buffer" but I have no
idea what these mean.
I have tried getting and compiling the latest version of dump (0.4b26) and
this did not help either.
I recompiled my kernel and also obtained the latest source tree and compiled
that. Still no difference. Right now, I'm running the 2.4.18-pre3 kernel.
Of note...the problem only occurs when dumping "/". I can dump /home and
/var just fine. I sometimes get the "invalidate" messages still, but the
dump completes and I can read the files back using restore.
The / partition is 2.1G and about 1.4G of it is used. Both /var and /home
are both under 100mb of used space.
Any help is greatly appreciated...I'm at my wits end!!!