[lug] e2fsck emergency

Michael J. Pedersen marvin at keepthetouch.org
Mon Sep 4 23:14:53 MDT 2000

On Mon, Sep 04, 2000 at 10:38:02PM -0700, D. Stimits wrote:
> An added question. I've decided if I must reinstall, I'm completely 
> removing ext2. I want reiserfs, or any journaling system. However, is this 
> possible to use during initial install? Will I be required to use ext2 on 
> root? With the SuperMicro i840, I need something far more recoverable. Do 
> any of the distributions now offer a journaling filesystem that I can 
> install directly to?

Well, your choices here are fairly slim pickings. First things first, though:
Why can't fsck work on that partition?

My experience has been that if things die, simply doing 'fsck -y /dev/hda1'
will fix it quite nicely.

If you do go for a reformat/reinstall solution, and insist on a journaling fs,
then ReiserFS is one of the best choices. However, you're still running beta
code if you do so. And the only distro I'm aware of which supports Reiser out
of the box is Mandrake.

Other miscellaneous questions:
How can you be sure it's the hardware? Is there any chance it could be
software related?

Would you consider staying with ext2, if it is software related, and trying a
known to be stable distro? I'd recommend Debian if at all possible. I've been
using it personally for about a year now, and the only time I've ever had 
downtime was for one of three reasons: Unstable kernel, hardware malfunction,
or hardware upgrade.

Michael J. Pedersen
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