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Old 07-20-2007, 07:35 PM   #1
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Question mount error 6 mounting ext3

Hi All,

I was attempting to backup my Dell 2950 running RHEL 4 when the Acronis software told me that there were disk errors and that I should run a scan on the disk and fix the errors before proceeding.

At a terminal I ran e2fsck -C fd /dev/sda2 which found muliple errors that I said yes to fix. When I rebooted the box it came up with multiple errors indicating that VolGroup_ID_9383 volume metadata is inconsistant and Volume group for uuid not found.

At the end of the errors was this:

mount: error 6 mounting ext3
mount: error 2 mounting none
switchroot: mount failed: 22
umount /initrd/dev failed: 2
Kernal panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

The box will not boot past that point.

Can this be fixed or have I hosed the OS?

If you know how to fix please be detailed as I am a noob.

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If you ran an fsck on a mounted partition, you wiped it. Format, re-install and restore from backup.
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Thanks for your reply. I actually ran this command first "umount /dev/sda2" and although I can't remember exactly what the output was now it was something similar to "nothing to unmount"... I'm now guessing that I might of fat fingered the command which is why it didn't find anything to unmount.

Thanks again,
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You can't unmount a mounted root partition. How would the system keep running when its root is down? This type of job is preferably executed from a liveCD or a different operating system.


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