[sclug] Network startup on Debian

David Given dg at cowlark.com
Tue Oct 24 19:07:14 UTC 2006

Simon Huggins wrote:
> I'm not sure I understand why this would recur when you unmount it with
> the correct time though.

Well, if the network doesn't come up, the clock doesn't get set, and it says:

/dev/sda2 has gone 36264 days without being checked, check forced.

...and then spends half an hour (or more) checking the filesystem.

> It does indeed and udev just loads it from /lib/firmware.

Yeah, but how can udev load the firmware when udev's not running? If I plug
the wireless widget in before udev starts, then the driver tries to load the
firmware, fails, and goes to sleep. I have to unplug the widget and reinsert
it to trigger the driver to try again. This means that there's about a
half-second window between udev having started and the boot process calling
ntpdate where I get a chance to plug in the adaptor to make it work correctly.
This sounds decidedly dodgy to me.

In the short term, I'm probably going to have to switch to a journalling
filesystem, simply to avoid fsck problems. (It's currently using ext3, which
claims to be journalled, but I've never, ever actually seen it work.) I'd
rather not; XFS and ReiserFS are both huge, and on this 32MB device I need to
trim the kernel as much as is humanly possible. Any recommendations?

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