[CentOS] Root fs suddenly goes r/o

Garrick Staples garrick at usc.edu
Wed Jul 11 23:36:12 UTC 2007

On Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 05:18:35PM -0600, Stephen John Smoogen alleged:
> 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).
> Replace
> terminator
> scsi cable
> controller
> diskdrive
> though I usually do disk drive then controller.

In my experience the drive is, by far, the most likely to have problems.
Personally I never suspect anything else until I've fully tested the

Garrick Staples, GNU/Linux HPCC SysAdmin
University of Southern California

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