[CentOS] Root fs suddenly goes r/o

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 23:18:35 UTC 2007

On 7/11/07, Eduardo Grosclaude <eduardo.grosclaude at gmail.com> wrote:
> Out of the blue, dmesg on my HP Proliant w/ a SCSI disk gives loads of
> messages like this one:
>  EXT3-fs error (device dm-0) in start_transaction: Journal has aborted
>  Then the root fs goes read-only, so little else can be done on the machine.
> LVM locks up. At restart, fs needs a reboot to recover after fsck. The host
> starts up ok, then I am given some more minutes before the problem
> reappears. This is stock CentOS 4.4, never have gotten to update it because
> of this very same problem.
>  System logs say SCSI I/O error, but SMART says no problem has been found,
> neither does badblocks (run from a rescue CD bootup). SCSI cabling,
> terminator, etc has been checked.
>  What should I investigate next? Is the disk condemned?

SMART isnt fool-proof. I have had disks that go 'clunk/scraping
sounds/spin up' that have gotten SMART seal of approval. My normal
checklist is the above with replacing the items (in case that isnt
what you meant by check).

 scsi cable

though I usually do disk drive then controller.

Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
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in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"

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