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Old 07-28-2004, 12:10 PM   #1
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How do I repair the File System Error

How do I repair the File System?

My computer says:
- checking Root file system
- contains a file system with errors
- unattached inode 37138

I gave Root password (for maintenace)
then the screen says:
(Repair filesystem) 1 #

What command should I type in here ?
Even a hint of what to do would help me.

Thank you for your answers.

Charles, Kelowna, BC
Old 07-28-2004, 12:15 PM   #2
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Which distribution are you using? Has it ever happened before now or is it a new install?
Old 07-28-2004, 12:27 PM   #3
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It is RH7.0 and I upgraded from RH6 2 weeks ago.
The RH6 was installed 1 year ago.

I recently downloaded OpenOffice1.1.0 and 8 days later, my computer said: There is an error in O.O. , would you like to delete the program or you want to ignore this message? I said Ignore".

Now my computer tries to boot and half-way it show a progress bar from 0% to 100% and right thereafter comes the message about "unattached inode 37138".

How can I delete the whole RH7 and load Debian 3.0 instead.
I understand that DEBIAN is easier to load.

Your help is very much appreciated.
Old 07-28-2004, 12:48 PM   #4
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You could use the Red Hat disk, type 'linux rescue' and then use the 'parted' command to edit the disk. I'm not sure of the exact command but if you type help there should be something there for formatting into ext2/ext3 (whichever you normally use).
If your system just won't boot, try reinstalling from scratch (partition from scratch when you get to that bit of the installation).
I've never installed Debian but there should be some command for partitioning.
Old 07-29-2004, 12:16 AM   #5
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Hi ch.keller,
You don't have to throw up your installation because of this. All you need is to run e2fsck from the boot disk or the installation cd, choosing the 'rescue' option. Then you need to know the partition you have. You may try "fdisk -l /dev/hda" if you have ide disk or "fdisk -l /dev/sda" if you have an scsi disk, in the rescue prompt. It will show you one or more partitions. You have to enter "e2fsck -y /dev/hdaX" for the partitions assigned as "linux". After it recover, you can boot normally again.
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what should i typed after provinding root password on linux promp for file system repair


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