Good news and bad news:

Good News: System seems to have recovered. Booting into single user mode and running fsck worked great for / and /var, but did nothing for my /usr partition with all my data. After letting fsck run on my /usr partition for 4 days, the raid controller appeared to stall and the machine did not return to a prompt. Regular boot (multi-user mode) somehow worked where it would not work before, and background fsck on the /usr partition eventually ended. The system is now up and reachable, which is all I care about.

Bad News: No one who read my last message offered to help. I suppose you can draw your own conclusions about the community-like nature of FreeBSD use in the Bay Area (home to UC Berkeley, FreeBSD Mall, and birthplace of the FreeBSD movement.)

Rishi Chopra

Rishi Chopra wrote:
I do not have the FIX-IT CD or another FreeBSD machine.

Is there another fellow FreeBSD'er in the Bay Area, CA that can volunteer to help me troubleshoot the card as described below (e.g. plug in the card and break to debugger to gather info)? I can drive over to your place or you can come over to my house (directions on my homepage).

If it helps, my perspective is that meeting up is totally positve and the only thing left keeping me involved with computing - allow me to explain:

The server was totally idle when the power was cut, and I didn't make any changes while the server was down. I've seen some crazy things working on computers before (I can show you a list, post one to the newsgroup, or if you're curious you can try searching the google groups link on my homepage.) This would by far have to the most stubborn, underhanded, mean, nasty and implausable error I've ever come accross.

I could really use some help getting the filesytem up again; my heart can't take another failure like this, and I'm ready to give up computers (recreationally and professionally) if I can't get this problem fixed. I had just finished recovering from a 2 year reconsolidation of life and data (a 75GXP/Raid-0 failure and data loss occurred while I was studying at UC Berkeley and triggered a very nasty chain of events culminating in this problem.) I can't handle going through another data consolidation; recovering from a recent thyroid removal and a 12-hour neck dissection/removal is a full-time affair, and the 30 some-odd staples in my neck greatly limit my ability to sit at the computer.

Looks like the important thing is for me to make a new friend in the FreeBSD community and a new start on computing, or bid y'all adieu.

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