I run slackware -current on a Dell Inspiron 6000, which has been a bit of an adventure
. However, I haven't had any major difficulties for almost a year.
Now, however, when I boot up (using kernel 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52, or 184.108.40.206), all goes well until it's time to check the root filesystem, at which point I get the following message:
Checking root filesystem:
fsck 1.38 (30-Jun-2005)
/sbin/e2fsck: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/sda2
The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2
filesystem. If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2
filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock
is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock:
e2fsck -b 8193 <device>
Give root password for maintenance
(or type Control-D for normal startup):
Here is my simple partition table:
Name Flags Part Type FS Type Label Size (MB)
hda2 Boot Primary Linux ext3 8998.46
hda3 Primary Linux ext3 30005.83
hda1 Primary Linux swap 1003.49
(The 2.6 kernel converts hdaX to sdaX, which is why e2fsck was trying to open /dev/sda2. This has not been a problem in the past.)
Logging in to perform maintenance has been unhelpful. e2fsck -b has just given identical errors. However, if I boot up from my Slackware 10.1 installation CD I can mount hda2 and hda3 without a problem, and I can check them with e2fsck, which declares them clean.
I haven't been able to access my fstab (although root, I get "Permission denied" errors, for some reason), but since it hasn't been modified since last December, I doubt it is the source of the problem.
I haven't made major changes to the system since it was last rebooted. I only used swaret to sync with upgrades made in -current (not including aaa packages), and can't think of any that could have caused this. I hope there is some simple resolution to this, since e2fsck not being able to find
my root partition seems a pretty basic problem, and suggests that the superblock is not in fact corrupt.
But so far as I can tell, this problem came out of the blue, and I'm stumped as to what the problem is and how I should address it. I've Googled and searched through this site, but haven't found any promising leads. I would greatly appreciate any assistance.
Thanks in advance,