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Old 03-29-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
jrdioko
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Distribution: Debian 6.0.2 (squeeze)
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Dar and cat: Input/output error (possible drive problems)


I recently used dar to make a backup of my system, and was given the following error halfway through the process:

Code:
Error while saving /home/myuser/.thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/News & Blogs/News: Error while reading from file: Input/output error
I emailed the error to dar's support mailing list, and was told to try cat'ing the file to /dev/null and making a backup of just that single file, to see if the problem recurred. I did both (99% sure I typed everything right), and wasn't given any errors.

I then tried the full backup again, and was given the same error again. I tried the cat and single backup again, and this time get IO errors on both:

Code:
> cat /home/myuser/.thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/News\ \&\ Blogs/News > /dev/null
cat: /home/myuser/.thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/News & Blogs/News: Input/output error

> dar [just that one file] > /dev/null
Adding file to archive: /home/myuser/.thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/News & Blogs/News
Error while saving /home/myuser/.thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/News & Blogs/News: Error while reading from file: Input/output error
Writing archive contents...


 --------------------------------------------
 0 inode(s) saved
 with 0 hard link(s) recorded
 0 inode(s) changed at the moment of the backup
 0 inode(s) not saved (no file change)
 1 inode(s) failed to save (filesystem error)
 38 files(s) ignored (excluded by filters)
 0 files(s) recorded as deleted from reference backup
 --------------------------------------------
 Total number of file considered: 39
 --------------------------------------------
 EA saved for 0 file(s)
 --------------------------------------------
I don't like the sound of "filesystem error" very much...

What would cause an IO error like this to happen? Should I worry about general filesystem corruption, or is this just some quirk with that one file? If it matters, running "file" on it gives me:

Code:
.thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/News & Blogs/News: UTF-8 Unicode English text, with very long lines, with CRLF, LF line terminators
I can also edit the file with vim and view all of it with no problems.

Thanks in advance.

--EDIT--
If it helps, here's the end of the result of running strace on the cat command:

Code:
read(3, "\n        padding: 0;\n      }\n   "..., 4096) = 4096
write(1, "\n        padding: 0;\n      }\n   "..., 4096) = 4096
read(3, 0x804e3b0, 4096)                = -1 EIO (Input/output error)
write(2, "cat: ", 5cat: )                    = 5
write(2, ".thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/Ne"..., 47.thunderbird/default.bnf/Mail/N                                                                                     ews & Blogs/News) = 47
open("/usr/share/locale/en_US/LC_MESSAGES/libc.mo", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No suc                                                                                     h file or directory)
open("/usr/share/locale/en/LC_MESSAGES/libc.mo", O_RDONLY) = -1 ENOENT (No such f                                                                                     ile or directory)
write(2, ": Input/output error", 20: Input/output error)    = 20
write(2, "\n", 1
)                       = 1
close(3)                                = 0
close(1)                                = 0
exit_group(1)                           = ?
--EDIT 2--
Some more relevant info: I checked /var/log/messages, and I don't really know what I'm looking for, but I don't see anything interesting there. Also, when I try to cat the file without sending it to /dev/null, I get most of the file printed and then the IO error:

Code:
lots of things fly by
...
      iframe {
        position: fixed;
        top: 0;
        right: 0;
        bottom: 0;
        left: 0;
        border: none;
      }

    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    
    <iframe id ="_mailrssiframe" src="http://www.cat: News: Input/output error
--EDIT 3--
Sorry for writing this post as I go...

I tried viewing the same part of the file in vim, and I notice the "<body>" tag in the error above is the very last thing that appears in the file in vim, on line 17511.

--EDIT 4--
Well, it looks like about the worst thing that can happen has... I just checked my /var/log/syslogs, and I get the following fun error:

Code:
> grep dma /var/log/syslog*
syslog:Mar 28 00:20:58 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
syslog:Mar 28 00:20:58 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=49213032, sector=29088304
syslog:Mar 29 13:05:42 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
syslog:Mar 29 13:05:42 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=49213032, sector=29088304
syslog:Mar 29 13:05:46 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
syslog:Mar 29 13:05:46 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=49213032, sector=29088312
syslog:Mar 29 14:41:04 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
syslog:Mar 29 14:41:04 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=49213032, sector=29088304
syslog:Mar 29 14:41:08 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
syslog:Mar 29 14:41:08 mymachine kernel: hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=49213032, sector=29088312
Most things I read online say this means the drive is physically bad and needs to be replaced, although a couple point to filesystem corruption that could be fixed. I've backed up what I can and I'll continue to do that so I make sure nothing gets lost, and I'm wondering what my next step should be. What exactly is this error, and should I try fsck or something else. I have a ReiserFS filesystem.

--EDIT 5--
I just read over the above errors again, and it appears they only appeared when I was making a backup that tried to read that file or when I was doing the testing on it with cat (as opposed to being random or periodic) if that makes any difference.

--EDIT 6--
I just booted up a Live CD to do a little drive checking. I ran reiserfsck --check and was told the filesystem was clean with no problems. I then ran badblocks on the partition which returned with no output, I assume meaning that none were found. What am I to make of this? Do I believe the kernel logs which are indicating drive problems, or believe badblocks, which is supposed to check if they exist? Is there a chance the default badblocks configuration will not detect some bad blocks?

Last edited by jrdioko; 03-29-2006 at 11:02 PM.
 
  


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