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Old 03-30-2004, 03:50 PM   #1
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What's this edd bios stuff in the 2.6 kernel?

I noticed when my Mandrake 10 box loads (with the 2.6 kernel) it says something about a edd bios and it's mounting my ext3 filesystem as ext2. Well once the box is all the way booted up "df -hT" shows it's mounted as ext3. However should I lock the box and have to cycle the power it really does only mount it as ext2 and goes through the whole file check thing and starts deleting inodes etc.

Anyone else notice this or know how to fix it?

Old 03-30-2004, 03:57 PM   #2
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ext3 is simply ext2 + journal. perhaps the ext3 kernel support needs troubleshotting? look for 'journal recovery' or such in your logs after a crash.

i'm not sure what that bios error is, tho.
Old 03-31-2004, 10:52 AM   #3
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I think I found the ext2/ext3 issue. I compiled ext3 as a module. Not sure why as I always compile it into the kernel. So when the box boots it can't load the ext3 module until it's mounted the / filesystem but since it wasn't cleanly unmounted it can't mount it to get the module. Catch 22. I can fix that. Just compile ext3 into the kernel.

I've searched around and EDD seems to be some new spec where a bios can tell the OS what it thinks should be the bootable drive.


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