[Nottingham] Trouble with Feisty Fawn - can anyone help?

Bob Marshall mbob71 at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 29 17:02:20 GMT 2007

Hello Graeme and many thanks for your speedy reply to my cry for help!

I decided to upgrade to Gutsy Gibbon after all, as it seemed an ideal opportunity to do it, but I have also taken the precaution of printing out your advice and adding it to my growing file of Linux Tips should I have any similar problems in the future.

Thank you again for your help and I hope to meet you in person at the next LUG meeting.


----- Original Message ----
From: Graeme Fowler <graeme at graemef.net>
To: nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:40:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Nottingham] Trouble with Feisty Fawn - can anyone help?

On Wed, 2007-11-28 at 11:37 -0800, Bob Marshall wrote:
> fsck died with exit status 4

The exit code returned by fsck is the sum of the following conditions:
    0    - No errors
    1    - File system errors corrected
    2    - System should be rebooted
    4    - File system errors left uncorrected
    8    - Operational error
    16   - Usage or syntax error
    32   - Fsck canceled by user request
    128  - Shared library error

So yours is 4, which means maintenance or rescue mode should fix it.
When it says "Enter root password for maintenance mode" (or whatever
Ubuntu says), try the following:

fsck -C -y /dev/sdb1

Do this until it exits with no errors or fixing whatsoever, hit CTRL-D
and wait for the system to reboot. It *should* - but might not - fix

Alternatively, if you can get to it from a rescue CD, do the same thing


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