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Re: Evidence of Drive Activity to Report

Subject: Re: Evidence of Drive Activity to Report
From: Eric Kimminau <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 23:19:23 -0400
Organization: Silicon Graphics, Inc
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I had the exact same problem - I needed to re-make the ext2fs
filesystem on the drive and re-perform the install for it to get


Michael Hill wrote:
> Okay, let's say it was just fsck that got hung up, and not the entire
> boot process.  When it stops with '[/sbin/fsck.ext2] fsck.ext2 -a /'
> and I press Ctrl-C, more information comes to light:
> The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2
> filesystem.  If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2
> filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else, the the superblock
> is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock:
>     e2fsck -b 8193 <device>
> *** An error occurred during the file system check.
> *** Dropping you to a shell; the system will reboot
> *** when you leave the shell.
> Give root password for maintenance.
> INIT: entering runlevel: 0mal startup):
> while opening UTMP file: No such file or directory
> ...then I get the SGI maintenance screen back.  There's no evidence of
> a shell when it tells me it's dropping me to a shell.  From IRIX I ran
> 'e2fsck -b 8193 drive' on the drive (with no improvement) but I don't
> think that's the appropriate context.  Suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Mike
> --
> Michael Hill
> Toronto, Canada

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