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Old 10-21-2004, 09:18 AM   #16
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Directory names and volume labels are two different things.
The root volume label is /
The boot volume label is /boot

According to the previous output of fdisk you posted your old / is hda3 so.
tune2fs -L /boot_old /dev/hda3

I'm still trying to figure out what exactly happened in the first place.
 
Old 10-21-2004, 09:29 AM   #17
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Quote:
Originally posted by JZL240I-U
Yes, that's what I meant. Make sure of the options, though... .

BUT: cd doesn't rename...

Experts to the fore: Is it possible to cd "above" / ?
Root is supposed to contain everything, so no.
I'm also sure this command didn't cause all his problems(tried it myself).
cd //
cd /
cd ////////
cd /////////////////
they all do the same...
What exactly were you doing when it happened?
 
Old 10-21-2004, 09:36 AM   #18
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One of the many reasons not to login as root for regular day to day tasks, etc.

Sorry, had to mention it!
 
Old 10-21-2004, 11:25 AM   #19
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n recursive option for MV

what was i doing: it was so long ago but I was updatiing /var/named files (copying them perhaps caused the problem?)

trickykid "I told you so"'s are definitely in order here. i really screwed up

regarding how i actually screwed up, i will gladly post my history for everyone's amusement. if there is anyway to get to the history frm the rescue disk, i'd be glad to identify what i did do we could better diagnoxe the problem.

regarding mv -Rd '*/' *

There is no recursive argument for mv according to the man page.

That's ok thoug if it means i just have to repeat the command s for each of my 19 directoies (I.I repeat this command 19 time for).

bin , dev , home , lib , misc, opt root , selinux , tmp , var ,
boot , etc , initrd, lost+found , mnt , proc ,, sbin , sys , usr

I don't think this is the solution. All the directories look fine. It only when I am in the directories that the trailing / shows on the prompt (it even did it when i mounted the old hard drive has hdb (it was an easy way to keep track of the two parallel file structures in the terminal.

Last edited by rioguia; 10-21-2004 at 12:02 PM.
 
Old 10-21-2004, 11:35 AM   #20
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Re: n recursive option for MV

Quote:
Originally posted by rioguia
...regarding how i actually screwed up, i will gladly post my history for everyone's amusement...
Yes, please do. Now this is definitely something to avoid...


Quote:
Originally posted by rioguia
...There is no recursive argument for mv according to the man page...
Oops, sorry . Then I'm mixing up something ... is there a command like ren(ame)?


Quote:
Originally posted by rioguia
WILL THIS WORK?
Hm. Not sure, since "cd" could not have the effect you described. Please post your history first. Also mount your disk from a rescue system und do a "ls -al" to verify the effect for the 19 directories mentioned and make sure it does not concern subdirectories. Perhaps even better "cd" into some of them and do a "pwd" or use a graphical tool (Konquereor or some such) to view the adresses it displays. If it is just the 19 uppermost ones a simple "mv '*/' *" should do.

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Old 10-21-2004, 12:00 PM   #21
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mv is by definition recursive. If I move a folder, it moves the entire contents, not just the folder.
 
Old 10-21-2004, 03:09 PM   #22
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its fixed.

i have not slept in 48 hours (i'll try and post back when i'm a little more coherent). YUCK. THanks to all for all you help.

the system boote after trying the "mv" commands. The directories now now longer have the trailing / when i display them in the terminal.
For example, [root@testy root]# NOT [root@testy root/]#

what is currious, is that the directories never displayed that way under the rescue prompt.. It only displayed that way when I was working in the directory immediately before the problem started and when the directory was mounted as follows as a slave to a clean install (i wanted to make sure that I had the data back up on the new drive before i messed with the file system): here is how i mounted the newly slaved hard drive.
# mkdir /mnt/hdb2
# mkdir /mnt/hdb3
# mount /dev/hdb2 /mnt/hdb2
# mount /dev/hdb3 /mnt/hdb3

I did a history > screwup.txt and am looking over the file. i don't see anything that could cause a problem sufficient to make the operating system freeze up and refuse to boot.. email me and i'll send you a copy maw ^ substantis.com.

also, it's my udnerstanding that history is terminal specific and i'm always working with a bunch. could someone tell me how to correlate the history by time. is there a log file with time references?

thanks.

PS the rescue disk apparently screwed up some of the drivers (my nic showed up in lspci but not lsmod). i had to modprobe my card after the system rebooted successfully.

I keep getting a cryptic error message.
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freeConfModules called with NULL pointer. Don't do that.
 
Old 10-25-2004, 03:46 AM   #23
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I did it again

i'm sorry that i haven't gotten back with the promised history. my server started dying immediately after i letf my last report. i was not able to recaputre the history from the various terminals I was using. I f someone can tel me where these files reside, i will make another attempt. the server started generating a lot of innode errors which were fsck was not able to fix. finally its stopped mount hda5 (swap) altogether.

in the process of another all nigher, i unfortunately made the same mistake again and have copied it from the terminal for your review.

[root@testy temp]# cd //
[root@testy //]# ;s
bash: syntax error near unexpected token `;'
[root@testy //]# cd //
[root@testy //]#
 
Old 10-25-2004, 09:19 AM   #24
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It is just some bug in the way bash handles the display, you are *not* changing your filesytem with the cd command.

darthtux@poseidon ~ $ cd /////////
darthtux@poseidon / $ ls
bin cdrom etc initrd lib media opt root srv tmp var
boot dev home initrd.img lost+found mnt proc sbin sys usr vmlinuz
darthtux@poseidon / $ cd ///
darthtux@poseidon / $ cd //
darthtux@poseidon // $ pwd
//
darthtux@poseidon // $ cd /
darthtux@poseidon / $ ls
bin cdrom etc initrd lib media opt root srv tmp var
boot dev home initrd.img lost+found mnt proc sbin sys usr vmlinuz
darthtux@poseidon / $ cd
darthtux@poseidon ~ $

Last edited by darthtux; 10-25-2004 at 09:29 AM.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 03:47 PM   #25
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i agree that's the most likely interpretation

but my applications stopped working and my hard drive totally failed (as did my back ups). Ouch!

two lessons learned:

don't be a super user unless you have to be

i need to spend more time on backup and recovery planning
 
  


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