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SubjectRe: xfs partition refuses to mount
Ricky Beam wrote:
> On Sat, 29 May 2004, Steve Lord wrote:
>
>>You have turned on XFS debug, which is really a developer option. It
>>looks like you have a corrupt journal though. A non debug kernel may
>>still refuse to mount it and you would need to run xfs_repair from
>>a rescue disk in that case.
>
>
> Unless xfs_repair has been changed recently, all it will be able to do it
> delete (zero) the journal. If it detects metadata in the journal, it'll
> stop and tell you mount the filesystem to replay the journal. Personally,
> I think that's sorta stupid... if I could mount the fs, I wouldn't be
> running xfs_repair. (I've had the journal become spooge on a sparc64
> box a few times.)

Yes, xfs_repair will not replay a log, and if it finds dirty metadata in
the log it wants you to replay it via mount. Having xfs_repair able to
replay the log would be handy, but if mount cannot replay it, then
repair will not either. xfs_repair -L bypasses this check and resets
the log. Following that it does a complete consistancy check and
fixup of metadata - it does a good job in most cases. Note that it
deletes lost+found, and if you had files in there, they would be
disconnected and get put back in lost+found again.

The whole reason for -L was customers who automatically ran xfs_repair
after a crash, and hence threw away anything which was in the log. So
it is more of a stop and think what you are doing option.

>
> There should be a way to instruct the kernel's rootfs mount to not look
> at the log. I don't know if one can pass any generic mount options at
> boot. ("ro"/"rw" and rootfs type, but I don't know of any others.) This
> would be handy for more than just xfs, btw.
>

You can mount norecovery,ro - but no guarantees that it will stay up
long. See Documentation/filesystems/xfs.txt for a list of xfs mount
options.

Steve
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