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SubjectRe: 2.4.20-rc3 ext3 fsck corruption -- tool update warning needed?
Hi Hugo et al,

On Mon, 25 Nov 2002, Hugo Mills wrote:
> Did you also get some duplicated entries in /etc? I've had a
> similar problem, with some files in /etc vanishing entirely, and
> others being duplicated (so I got, for example, /etc/fstab appearing
> twice in `ls /etc`).

Unfortunately, I didn't check thoroughly to see if duplicate files were
listed by ls. I wish I had known to look! This is my production
workstation. It needed to get back up and running, so I didn't save
the "evidence." :^(

> This has happened, as far as I can tell, spontaneously
> Running fsck recovers the missing files into lost+found, but
> doesn't remove the duplicated filenames.

My problem was clearly related to fsck.ext3 which ran automatically upon
a reboot. Before that, no problems whatsoever. After the boot-time
fsck was over, the system failed to finish coming up. The boot output
contained the surprising error "Can't find /etc/fstab" and complained
about the rc script being missing (entire /etc/rc2.d dir was gone).

> I remember seeing a comment about HTREE running past when I tried
> the e2fsck for the first time. Don't know if this is relevant.

Neither do I (not enough in-depth knowledge to know), but that info may
be of use to Ted and Marcelo(?) If my conclusions about 2.4.20-rc3 and
some e2fsprogs tools being incompatable are erroneous, my apologies.

Clemmitt Sigler

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