After one of our servers went on a fsck loop after several EXT3 kernel messages new EXT3 messages have appeared /var/log/messages
Nov 17 13:29:21 integr kernel: EXT3-fs warning (device loop(7,0)): ext3_unlink: Deleting nonexistent file (116), 0
Nov 17 13:29:21 integr kernel: EXT3-fs warning (device loop(7,0)): ext3_unlink: Deleting nonexistent file (117), 0
As it does not mention any hard drives or partitions I am not too worried.
I do not know how to interpret these error messages
The server is RHEL EL 3 and is running the latest version of Cpanel current.
/dev/hda3 / ext3 defaults,usrquota 1 1
/dev/hda1 /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdb1 /tmp ext3 loop,noexec,nosuid,rw 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /var/tmp ext3 loop,noexec,nosuid,rw 0 0
/dev/hdb2 /backup ext3 defaults 1 2
/dev/hdb3 /misc ext3 defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda2 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
As you can see the /tmp partition does not allow program execution and is mounted as a loop device.
The server has been up 60 days.
The fact that /etc/fstab has loop in the /tmp partition settings could indicate that the problem is with that partition. I have no idea what the loop parameter implies in a partition. It is probably unnecessary.
I do not understand these Ext3 warnings.