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Old 10-14-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
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JFS Filesystem, boot fs check fails.

So what are my options? I booted into the install cd, and did jfs_fsck and it failed. I can't boot into my system. I installed a program in windows that allowed me to view all my files and folders in that partition, but you have to buy the ($500!) program to get the files. Is there a freeware tool that can help me out here? If I need to reformat my drive, that is ok, but I would like to get my custom .config file and some packages I've installed before I do a reinstall, so is there any way to extract these files or should I just reinstall?
Old 10-14-2008, 03:40 PM   #2
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Before parting from your hard earned cash maybe you can inform us if have you successfully mounted the interesting partition. If you get this far then making backups should be an easy task.

Old 10-14-2008, 04:04 PM   #3
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No, I cannot mount the partition. I'm sorry if I didn't make that clear. fsck.jfs fails to read the journal file, and always exits with an error.
Old 10-14-2008, 06:27 PM   #4
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Are you trying to get into the Windows system, or Slackware?

Another thing, when I run fsck on my JFS filesystems it is
jfs_fsck -v -f /dev/sda6
on an unmounted partition. Maybe you've just got a typo?

And run "jfs_fsck -n /dev/sda6" first, just to report any
errors without actually fixing them. Of course, if your
system won't boot, might as well fix them, eh?

Whenever you issue a command and get an error, you need
to post the entire output if you expect to get reliable
answers. Post the command, and whatever it output, in
code tags.

If you just want data you can boot with Helix and get
your data from the other system -- usually. I'm just
not clear what system you can't boot, and whee the
data is that you want to save.


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