[SWLUG] Reiser fsck hangs at boot (or: Crap! My drive!)

Terry John terry.john at bbc.co.uk
Thu Sep 16 13:27:15 UTC 2004

Can you get it up in maintenance mode, either via cd or floppy. This
will give you a working temporary root filesystem. You can then do an
fsck on the umounted, corrupt, root filesystem which hopefully should
complete but if not you should be able to try other fsck options which
may work better

At least that's what I would do on my RedHat systems. I'm not familiar
with Mandrake.


-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-admin at swlug.org.uk [mailto:discuss-admin at swlug.org.uk] On
Behalf Of I.A.Hill at cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Sent: 16 September 2004 13:20
To: discuss at swlug.org.uk
Subject: [SWLUG] Reiser fsck hangs at boot (or: Crap! My drive!)

Hi folks,

Yesterday evening my Mandrake 10.1 box crashed (remember when that
didn't happen to Linux users? I've never had such an unstable distro,
but I digress...)

Now when I boot it attempts to run fsck on my root filesystem, which is


reiser.fsck, or whatever its called, hangs every time, at the same
point. I have left this running for ~8 hours overnight, so it really
isn't doing anything (the hd activity led does not light.)

This is, of course, long before I can drop to single user mode, or
anything which will get me a shell. 

Any suggestions? (Typical - I gave away my slightly old Knoppix cd,
downloaded the new one and haven't burnt it!)


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