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Old 10-10-2003, 11:46 AM   #1
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gentoo install

I've finally managed to install gentoo linux correctly.

Although that's the way I thought it was when I rebooted the system after install.

When I try to run Gentoo Linux it begins to load until I get the following error:

fsck 1.33 (21-Apr-2003)
fsck.ext3: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/hda7 (which is my root partition)
The super-block could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem. If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2 filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the super-block is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock:
e2fsck -b 8193 <device>

*Filesystem couldn't be fixed [!!]

Give root password for maintenance
(or type Control-D for normal startup:

If I type ctrl-D the system restarts and i get the same error. I remember setting up a filesystem during installation and that was reiserfs for /dev/hda7. But it seems that my system thinks it should be a ext2. How do I change this?

Thanks in advance
Old 10-10-2003, 12:14 PM   #2
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Check two things:
/etc/fstab for the filesystems for /boot and /
and also if the filesystems there correspond to what you really got there with cfdisk or something like it.
If that is ok you probably build the kernel with support for the filesystems as module and no initrd.
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well if you reload your system via the live cd again, and tell us what "fdisk -l" says about the partitions on your system. i'd guess you didn't actual create the filesystem correctly.

as for thinking it is only ext2, it doesn't. ext3 IS ext2 with a journal, so checking the system itself is identical.
Old 10-10-2003, 02:55 PM   #4
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Just a guess, you forgot to emerge reiserfsprogs (Reiserfs utilities)
if that's the case, boot with the live CD, chroot to the gentoo installation then emerge it
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could have been but i did emerge the reiserfsprogs

i'll have a look this afternoon for fdisk



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