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Old 03-03-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Trouble bootine SuSE 8.2 with ReiserFS in Read/Write mode

Hey everyone - I'm using Grub to boot SuSE 8.2 and I can't for the life of me figure this out. I'm getting a bunch of weird ReiserFs / read-only messages at boot, and during the latter parts of the process, the init scripts don't run because the "/" mount is read-only. This has been working perfectly for about a year and all of a sudden just quit on me.

My setup is as follows...
/dev/hda1 - ext3 (boot)
/dev/hda2 - Fat32 (WinXP)
/dev/hda3 - ext3 (Mandrake)
/dev/hda4 - extended partition
/dev/hda5 - swap
/dev/hda6 - reiserfs (SuSE)

I've noticed that when my computer boots up, Grub loads but it's coming from /dev/hda6 as the /boot/grub/menu.lst file on there correctly lists what I see in the grub menu. /dev/hda1 has a completely different menu.

I've heard things about some journal entries not being committed, or the system didn't shut down right, or something like that, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to get the darn thing to boot correctly in r/w mode.

However, when I boot from my SuSE CD in rescue mode, I can mount /dev/hda6 into /mnt/hda6 in RW mode!! I have full control of the volume when I'm in SuSE's rescue mode, but when booting, I'm completely lost!

I've futzed around with the reiserfsck utility, and it runs fine saying everything's good and nothing's bad.

What else can I do?

Any help is absolutely greatly appreciated!!

Thanks in advance,
Old 03-03-2004, 11:45 PM   #2
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"What else can I do? "

One thing that you could try (carefully) is to boot into Mandrake, copy /dev/hda6 to someplace safe, format /dev/hda6, and copy the files back to /dev/hda6.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites
Old 03-07-2004, 01:09 AM   #3
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Check your grub config... maybe its set to only allow read access to the drive.... can't see why it would, but cha never know... If the rescue disk can access it r/w the problem has to be in the boot loader or the kernel... have you tried reinstalling Grub or have you recently upgraded and/or modified your kernel?


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