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Old 02-07-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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Mainting a filesystem with FSCK

Hello LQ users,

I searched around for a thread on this topic and I can't find anything that really fits the bill.

Here's the problem I have.

I have a server with an independent hard drive for the file system and a large raided drive for data storage. The filesystem on the raid drive is EXT3 and the drive is partitioned as follows

sda1 - 1Tb
sda2 - 1Tb
sda3 - 1Tb
sda4 - 500Gb

I got the server setup and the raid drive configured, kernel modules formatted ect. I then started adding the data to the server. I had copied 960GB over the period of a week or two. (I was also doing organization and review to reduce the overall size.) After getting that far I noticed that 'ls'ing a particular directory would cause the command to go off into oblivion. Thinking that there might be a problem with the file system might have a problem so I rebooted the machine. unmounted all partitions and performed the command
sudo fsck -y /dev/sda1
and continued for all the other partitions.
partition 1, 2, and 4 all had problems. (Partition 3 not having any problems and no data moved to it yet.)

There were so many problems it quickly grew impossible to simple say yes to all of them so I added the -y flag and let the system run. This process took quite a few hours even with the flag.

What I ended up having was after fscking sda4 sda2 was then corrupted. sda2's superblock became corrupted so I used the utility "testdisk" to locate the redundant superblocks and used them to fsck sda2 again. after completing the fsck of sda2 sda4 was now corrupt again . fscking sda4 did not complete successfully and has now corrupted sda2 again.

All this activity over the past few days has left me wondering what did I do wrong. The system had been up for days and with the exception of that one directory (on sda1) I had no problems and no indication that there was a problem.
-Should I have 'fsck'ed more often?
-Should I not have used the -y flag?
-If the server is going to be one 24/7 how ofter should I bring the drives off line to fsck them in the future?

I'm not terribly concerned with the data thats on there because I can get it back eventually but all my work (organization and review) could potentially be lost. I'm not even sure if I can trust the filesystems that are on there now because of the weird inter-corruption between sda2 and sda4. Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Last edited by Slick666; 02-08-2008 at 04:48 PM.
Old 02-08-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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