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Old 04-27-2004, 03:23 PM   #1
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reiserfs corrupt!


Exactly month ago I posted a question regarding /dev/mtab access. At the end it was corrupted reiserfs!

Here I go again: After working on my PC with no problem and power off at the end, the problem shows next time I power on or reboot. The system reports strange errors and do not complete boot procedure. I learned by now that my file system is corrupt and repeat the procedure:
Boot Knoppix from CDROM and fire "reiserfsck --check" that reports --rebuld-tree option will solve that. Then I "reiserfsck --rebuld-tree" and my boot partition is clean for a few (1 to 3 reboots/ poweroffs).

I wonder what is the cause of the corruption:
1. bad kernel 2.6.X nforce2 drivers for IDE subsystem
2. BIOS for my mobo
3. oh no virus on Linux
4. oh no a bad hard disk
5. what else?

My system:

Linux Slackware 9.1 (Slacking for 8 years now and will stay with it forever!)

Leadtek K7ncr18G - nforce2 based (intergated graphics)
3 IDE disks
1 Plextor PX-708A DVD/CD all burner
FlyVideo 3000 TV/radio card
TexasInstruments based FireWire card
Belkin IRexpress USB
Asus HISAX based ISDN card
VIA baset 4 port USB 2.0 card (onboard USB only works as 1.1 - Nvida crap!)

All above hardware works on Linux!
As I want easy hotplug supprt and some other things I upgraded to kernel 2.6, currently 2.6.5.

The fs corruption happens on kernel 2.6.4 and 2.6.5.

Any suggestions or idea?
How to verify S.M.A.R.T. status of a hard drive in Linux?

Old 04-27-2004, 09:47 PM   #2
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Check your fstab entry for the partition and see if the "notail" option is included. It normally should be. Other than that, I would suspect a failing hard drive. Get the diagnostic utility from the manufacturer's website and put the drive through it's paces. Other things to check - cabling to the hard drive(swap out if possible), power supply(would probably have other symptoms)- what wattage/brand are you using? Does this happen only with the 2.6 kernels or do you have the same problem with 2.4x?

Last edited by kilgoretrout; 04-27-2004 at 09:49 PM.
Old 06-04-2004, 07:23 AM   #3
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Thank you!

The answer was GOLDEN!

After inserting "notail" in fstab the machine works perfectly.




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