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Old 01-22-2007, 06:39 PM   #1
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Occasional fsck.ext3 Error at Boot Time - FC5

Ever since adding an external disk drive to my i386 FC5 box, I occasionally (not always) get:

Checking filesystems
fsck.ext3: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/sdb1 [FAILED]
(Control-D to continue)

at boot time.

/dev/sdb1 is a 200Gb Maxtor "One Touch III" that I've plugged into one of the USB ports. I used fdisk to repartition the drive with one partition, then mke2fs -j to create an ext3 file system on /dev/sdb1. No problems were experienced with this. Then, /etc/fstab was edited to include the line:

/dev/sdb1 /.snapshots ext3 defaults 0 2

When I type Ctrl-D, the box successfully boots, and df shows /dev/sdb1 is mounted on /.snapshots. Backup software successfully writes to /.snapshots.

Can anyone assist with a resolution to this problem? And why does this problem only sometimes occure? (Not a show-stopper, but irritating...) I'm running Fedora Core 5, kernel 2.6.18-1.2257.fc5smp.

Old 01-23-2007, 12:00 PM   #2
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I used to experience that problem with my FC5 system and external Maxtor. I suspect it was a timing problem (the drive not being ready in time). The problem no longer occurs after I upgraded to FC6, so it looks like it was addressed.
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Thanks, Macemoneta - I'll do the upgrade.


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