On Sun, Oct 28, 2007 at 01:54:54PM -0800, Gary Kline wrote: > Guys, > > > I think I've found the reason for the intermittent rashes. > Part of /var is bad, and fsck cannot allocate inoinfo to repair > the damage.
Oops. If fsck can't fix it, that's not good. Have you tried running fsck by hand, i.e. without -p? If you run it from the console it can fix a bit more than when running in preen mode, but this may result in data loss. > At any rate, how do i as root, single user, cp -rp all of /var to > elsewhere (/storage) and rmdir /var, them mkdir /var and copy > everything back?? I've forgotten the cpio magic command. Make sure that the hardware isn't broken. If you have (S)ATA disks, use 'smartctl -a /dev/<yourdevice>'. The canonical way to make backups is to use dump(8). Unmount /var and use 'dump -0 -a -f <dumpfile>'. But if the filesystem is really hosed, it might not be possible to copy everything. In that case make a copy with dd of the partition that /var is on so you can try to save any data that has not been backed up. Probably the safest way to go is to newfs the filesystem that /var is on and restore your latest backup. Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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