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Old 01-22-2005, 12:15 PM   #1
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Unhappy Disc full error after a power failure

Hello Everybody,

I have recently installed Mandrake 10.1 Discovery, old Compac 5670 dual boot with W98.

I finally had the smb (Samba server 3.0.10) working, printer shared by several users on two different hosts. After some testpages I turned off the CRT.

1. A couple of days later my wife attempted to switch user. She never managed to logoff. She made her browsing with my user and swithed off the CRT.

2. After additional couple of days we had a power failure in our house. Afterwards everything seemed ok. All of a sudden we were able to login and logout with different users.

3. After some PDF documents the printing was no more. The queue was there - growing but the printer was sleeping.

4. I swithed the printer power on/off - nothing. I made a restart from KDE, there was a start up message (before start of KDE) telling that there was no space left on tmp/, 0 instead of proposed 20000. An attempt to start KDE failed, no space.

5. Now I have a command line interpreter and when looking over smb everything seems ok. The shared folders and the printer are there but it is not possible print, no paper appears.

6. The latest bug fix for Mandrake 10.1 is not installed. I was told that they were waiting for payment, my purchase was 18 days old then.

The behaviour of the Linux package seems like massive memory leakage - is that so? Someone who could give a hint what to do, reinstall? It seems that somekind of a pointer has an unexpected behaviour?

Yourd Very Truly,
Old 01-22-2005, 12:56 PM   #2
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"Disc full error after a power failure"

The first thing to do is to boot into a rescue CD and run fsck on every Linux partition except swap. Be sure to set the file system type correctly. For example:

fsck -t ext3 /dev/hda1

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Old 01-22-2005, 03:28 PM   #3
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Question fsck reports no error

Hi again,

I received no error when running fsck.

I even tried shutdown -F, no problem but I'm still not able to get KDE up. The complaints are now about the keyboard!

I presume that I don't understand what I'm doing - Thanks anyway!

All the Best,
Old 01-31-2005, 11:28 AM   #4
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Thumbs up Possibly this is one explanation of many

Dear All,

After a week of reading, several attempts to install ........

The power failure had nothing to do with the disc full error! If someone necessarily wants to find somebody/something to blame then I would like to point -> the automatic harddrive partitioning tool of the Mandrake 10.1 Discovery distribution.

I strongly recommend, even if You (like me) don't have the slightest idea of partitioning, to perform the partitioning manually, at least if You are planning to activate Samba, printer and file sharing. The reason:

1. It seems that the automatic partitioning tool allocated / (root) too small. Not enough temporal space was available for the printer sharing with smb.

2. I have resized the Linux partitions manually. The proportion of disc space for / (root) is now bigger. Swap unchanged.

3. Probably the problems only appear when the disc capacity is "tight" for the applications.

Now the dual boot machine has been up for three working days. Samba print active.

I am most grateful for Your comments.

All the Best,
Old 01-31-2005, 11:33 AM   #5
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thanks for posting your fix....too often people will finally discover a fix, and not take the time to actually post it how they did it...i'm sure this will help somebody else who discovers the same problem one day...


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