Subject: Re: wd.c crashes/hard errors
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: - Greg Earle <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
Date: 02/10/1994 15:04:15
Dirk Steinberg writes:
> >> This error is persistent across reboots, power off, etc. Now
> >>since I have a IDE disk I shoudn't get hard errors. I never had
> >>any hard errors before, and my Linux partition still works
> >>fine. So my NetBSD installation is hosed for now. I sure hope
> >>this error goes away when I reinstall/re-mkfs. Is it actually
> >>possible that the faulty wd.c caused damage to my disk, or that
> >>it at least screwed up the low-level format on some track? If
> >>so, how could I reformat a single track without reformatting
> >>the entire disk? And how to format (low-level) a IDE disk in
> >>the first place? I know how it works for MFM/RLL/ESDI and SCSI
> >>disks and have done this many times before. But IDE disks?
> Douglas> I was able to restore my system by doing a disklabel,
> Douglas> and putting a clean fs on the root partition, then
> Douglas> reinstalling all the file that were on that partition.
> Douglas> The disk errors did not re-appear till a few days later
> Douglas> when the f..ken thing crashed again. This time I removed
> Douglas> the second drive and things have been fine.
>This makes me hope that my drive is not physically damaged (or low-level
>un-formatted). The error message is really weird, though. As I said, this is
>the third time this has happened to me, and the Quantum is my only drive! So
>your workaround won't work for me ...
>I also wonder why the crashes are so bad that even fsck in manual mode cannot
>repair them. On any other UNIX system that uses a BSD UFS/fsck I've seen, you
>lose at most a few files after a crash. The kernel must be doing something
>really horrible when it crashes; just not syncing all buffers cannot be the
Bwaa hah hah. Never underestimate the power of the system to do anything it
wants. In 1988 I was working for Sun Consulting and using an old Sun-3/160 at
home. All of a sudden it started developing the tendancy to get random
Watchdog Resets and the net result would be that upon reboot, "fsck" would find
300+ trashed files in /usr. After about the 3rd time this happened (and after
the 4-5 hours I'd waste finding/restoring things, groveling through lost+found
et al.), I said "To Hell with this" and got the CPU board replaced. Never had
that problem again. Dunno why a Watchdog Reset would always cause the disk to
get so scrambled, but that's life.