[ale] Reboot wedging problems after disk transplant
johnmills at speakeasy.net
Wed Jun 18 10:42:35 EDT 2003
I recently moved my RH-7.3 files to a larger HDD and now I am having
problems recovering from power outages.
Boots after power loss now show 'filesystem integrity failure' and
commonly, lost INODES. (I haven't verified yet whether they are repeat
offenders.) This means the system can't go through its automatic fixup
cycle and eventually complete its reboot. When I need it from out of town,
this is a _RealPain_(TM)!
I would like to run 'badblocks -o <bad_block_list>' on the partition,
followed by 'fsck.ext3 -l <bad_block_list>' to take any badsters out of
PROBLEM: the partition in question is mounted as '/' ($%^&!!) which means
I can't simply umount it and work.
I suppose I could 'tar' the contents of '/' to a directory in another
partition, put in some soft-links from _that_ partition's root, patch
'/etc/fstab', and reboot with the old contents of '/' now being found
through links to the newly made directory. (I'm not sure how the new
location of '/etc/fstab' will be resolved, though ...)
Any simpler suggestions? Can I configure the boot to force a
non-interactive filesystem repair in such a case? If I can, should I?
john.m.mills at alum.mit.edu
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