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Old 08-27-2004, 11:54 AM   #1
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Multible newbie questions (pppd, ext2 vs ext3, and random inode read errors) (Slack10


A) Why does typing pppd give me a command not found?

B) What's the difference between ext2 and ext3, and what are the pros and cons of each.

C) I keep getting random errors about being unable to read certain area of /dev/hde6 (15 GB ext2), typically the same 3 or 4 blocks (Sorry, I didn't write them down, but I can reboot and see if I get them again)

D) after getting the above error (which AFAIK necessitates a hard reboot), the slack10 boot process checks /dev/hde6 as it wasn't cleanly unmounted... then freezes around 30%, gives a bunch of DMA errors, then 5 minutes later starts working for anouther 30% or so, then more DMA errors... getting kinda annoying...

E) (last one) what would I need to put in my /etc/fstab to allow my normal account to access my windows partition? umask 077 (for read access only)... I forgot what I did last time.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 12:05 PM   #2
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Here is a good article on ext3: http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/4136/1/
 
Old 08-27-2004, 12:18 PM   #3
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A: do you type that as 'root' ?

B: ext3 is far better. look at the link in the prev. post.

C & D : think your hde6 is no good .maybe save data & format with bad-block check ???

E : i've got : ,users.umask=022 in fstab ( don't forget the 'users' )


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Old 08-27-2004, 12:29 PM   #4
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A) Yep.

B) *reading now*

C) & D) :/. WEll, that won't be THAT hard, I just installed last night. One thing though, could it be related to the fact that my HDD, though it's 120 GB, only shows up as 48 GB in the BIOS?

E) 'kay, thanks.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 12:43 PM   #5
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A: maybe is your path not set to include the dir where pppd is.

B oke !

C D: use ext3 then.... and Linux does not use the BIOS to determine the disk-size.
but i think you can upgrade your BIOS , see the website of the mobo manufacturer.
( i read somewhere that Lilo uses the BIOS ???)

E oke

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Old 08-28-2004, 04:34 PM   #6
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...damnit.

I reinstalled slackware with ext3, still got inode read errors, but then I got a prompt (which it had never done before)... but ls, dir, and ps gave me a "Bash: command not found: O_O.

I reinstalled it again (ext2 this time) on a partition on a different physical part of the drive. I cannot boot it far enough to flipping log in. The hell?
 
Old 08-28-2004, 04:38 PM   #7
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I ran into the same problem (commands not found) because I didn't realize that either my installation media was flakey or the destination drive was on it's way out. As suggested, I'd say get a bad block checker on there and then try again.
 
Old 08-28-2004, 04:43 PM   #8
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I did format with bad block checking the previous 2 times, neither worked.
If the drive was on the way out, I'd think I would be getting similar errors in Win2000...
Hmm. Methinks I'll try reburning the first install disc and trying again...
 
Old 08-28-2004, 05:51 PM   #9
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I also had an ISO of DSL .7 on here, so I burnt that and ran fsck on the Linux partition.... it came up with a few errors, but I fixed them, then rebooted and tried to rerun slackware.... which then, after mounting the root partition said
"/dev/hde5 has not been checked in 42709 days. Check forced." ... then get random DMA timeout errors and a few Primary IDE channel resets... which makes no sense as the HDD isn't even on the mobo (PCI card)
 
  


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