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Old 06-27-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Question what to do when automatic file system check of the root filesystem fails? my Gateway tablet laptop is running pretty sure it's the second latest one... my computer just started running full system checks before it would start up all the way and now it fails claiming that a "manual fsck (file system check) must be performed, then the system restarted. the fsck should be performed in maintenance mode with the root filesystem mounted in read-only mode
*the root filesystem is currently mounted in read-only mode. a maintenance shell will now be started. after performing system maintenance, press control-d to terminate the maintenance shell and restart the system."

how do i perform a manual fsck and what can i do to prevent this from happenning again in the future???

oh yeah... it's also saying that "the program 'apt-get' is currently not installed. you can install it by typing apt-get install apt" but when i type that in it just repeats itself... what can i do for that?

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Old 06-28-2008, 06:17 AM   #2
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When the computer screen shows that you are already in maintenance mode you should also already be logged on as root. Then you simply run the fsck command on the system partition. For example if the system partition is /dev/hda1 you would enter the following command.
fsck -y /dev/hda1
If the fsck command says that it doesn't support the -y option then just retype the command without the -y option. More information about fsck can be found in the manual pages. You can read the fsck manual page by entering the man fsck command.
man fsck
Once you have done this then your system should not require you to do this very often. If you find that you have to do this frequently then you may have a hardware problem or you may be doing something such as turning off the power without shutting down Linux properly. Either way if you see this requirement to run fsck manually on the system partition more than once a year then something else is wrong. Most people would never see this or they would see it if their disk drive was failing.

If your Linux system does not have apt-get then you will have to install it from the CD-ROM that you used to install Linux. You probably will have to boot the CD-ROM and find some sort of system repair option. First see if you have apt-get by using the find command.
find / -name apt-get
If the find command lists apt-get somewhere such as /usr/bin/apt-get then your problem is probably that the directory containing apt-get is not in your path. If the find command does not list apt-get anywhere then it is probably missing.

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Old 07-08-2008, 01:55 AM   #3
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Question ummmm... it didn't work

sooo... i entered the fsck -y /dev/sda1 but it didn't what should i do? it just opens up to the same page. i think i will need to get the ubuntu cd to get apt get... can i get one sent to me possibly?
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Try remounting it as rw first
mount -o remount,rw /
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Originally Posted by syg00 View Post
Try remounting it as rw first
mount -o remount,rw /
No i dont think youre supposed to mount.


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