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Old 09-29-2008, 05:44 PM   #1
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ubuntu 8.04, inodes-orphan relationships cause boot to fail until fsck done

Hi all,

I'm experiencing some strange problems with my ubuntu system. Every time I boot, I log in to ubuntu, and all is good, for now. Then at some random time, I notice that firefox stops working. After a force quit on that, I discover that nothing else works either, I can move the mouse, and click menus in Gnome, but there are no icons next to the menu items, and I get an error message something about a child relationship.

When I reboot, my system checks my boot partition (/dev/sda1) automatically. Every time, fsck fails with this error:
Inodes that were part of a corrupted orpan linked list found.
fsck dies with exit status 4. run fsck manually.

So I run fsck at the terminal, and fsck fixes the partition after me pressing "y" several thousand times (literally) due to more orphan type errors. I have no idea what this means or what I did to cause this. Any suggestions on how to fix it?

Thanks so much,

Old 09-30-2008, 06:59 PM   #2
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Try this... (Note: I'm a newbie!)

I know that the thread I am about to reference is on a different operating system, but see if the following thread helps you any:

Good luck,
Old 10-02-2008, 10:03 PM   #3
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thanks for the response. I read the forum, and the guy has the exact same prob as me. I went ahead and did a reinstall, since I have most of my data backed up.

I'm confused as to why it happened though. Does one still need to umount drives before rebooting? The only drives i messed with are my storage drives, not the root filesystem, which is on a different drive. I changed the etc/fstab file to include those drives, but that is it. I'm at a loss to explain why the root filesystem was experiencing so many problems...

I don't know how I changed something so drastic, I tried to be very careful about editing files in the root dir. as sudo.

Any ideas, so this won't occur again?



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