Subject: Re: fsck & other things
To: None <emre@visual-cortex.VSRC.UAB.EDU>
From: Jukka Marin <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 03/30/2001 07:42:06
On Thu, Mar 29, 2001 at 08:02:33PM -0600, emre@visual-cortex.VSRC.UAB.EDU wrote:
> I still can't figure out why my disks are timing out, but it seems like 
> after a unclean shut down (ie power outage or crash), when the system is
> rebooted and fsck tries to check the file system, it times out and doesnt
> recover.  When I reboot the computer, the whole filesystem is corrupt
> and I have to reinstall.

Are all the disks timing out?  Is in only one partition causing the problems
or does it happen in all partitions?

I have had problems with the last partition when I was accidentally trying
to use blocks past the end of the disk.  I just changed the disklabel and
made the last partition smaller and the problem went away.  I think the disk
firmware didn't return a proper error message, but was trying to access
non-existent parts of the disk or something..  (Can't recall what kind of a
disk it was.)

Like someone said, do NOT disable fsck because if the filesystem is not OK
and you bring the system up, you WILL crash and the filesystem will become
even more corrupted.