[CentOS] Emergency rescue help needed

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Thu Jan 29 16:37:00 UTC 2009

on 1-29-2009 8:30 AM Anne Wilson spake the following:
> 2009/1/29 Alex H. Vandenham <alex-qMVNeVs1MAKw5LPnMra/2Q at public.gmane.org>:
>> On Thursday 29 January 2009 10:15:38 am Anne Wilson wrote:
>>> I assume that the hdd is failing - but I haven't seen any messages
>>> from smartmontools.  Is there any way I can check that?  If it is I
>>> don't want to waste time trying to repair it.
>> try smartctl to see what the monitors have been finding for you.
>> man smartctl
> Thanks.  I'd been trying to remember what command I needed for that :-)
> The short test has completed without errors.  I'll run the long test
> during dinner.  Assuming that that also runs without errors, I guess
> that the next thing is memtest?
> More suggestions?
> Thanks
> Anne
If you had many power failures, the filesystem might just be severely trashed.
Journals and files out of sync, etc... If a good fsck didn't fix it, you might
just be in for a wipe-reinstall, or many hours of finding and fixing corrupted
files.. I would install to a new drive, and then you can take some time
recovering from the old drive as you find things missing. That way you will
still have the old system for whatever might come up. I always seem to find
something that didn't get backed up properly.

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