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pueblonative 02-23-2007 07:48 PM

Okay, I'm studying for my LPIC-1 and looking at the dumpe2fs command, I keep getting complaints about a bad magic number. What does that mean?

Specifically, this:
linux-1u45:/home/jmeyer # dumpe2fs /dev/sda2
dumpe2fs 1.39 (29-May-2006)
dumpe2fs: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/sda2
Couldn't find valid filesystem superblock.

pixellany 02-23-2007 08:02 PM

I'd say that means the partition is not ext2 (or 3) or that it is corrupted.

I think the "magic number" is like a tag that helps programs find certain data structures (eg the last two bytes of the mbr)

pueblonative 02-23-2007 08:09 PM

Which is real strange, since the computers working well.

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