[conspire] (forw) [ILUG] Gparted eats file system

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Apr 20 15:00:25 PDT 2010

I don't have any reason to think the claimed (GParted) software failure
is common or widespread, but this is the _sort_ of lossage scenario that
makes me prefer simple, well-tested tools for partitioning and
filesystem operations.

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Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:30:32 +0100
From: "Brendan.Halpin" <Brendan.Halpin at ul.ie>
To: ilug at linux.ie
Subject: [ILUG] Gparted eats file system

I've been using gparted (live CD) to move and resize partitions today,
and it has failed on one of them.  It has somehow lost the file system
on the partition I had /var mounted on.  That is, it complained of a
problem moving/resizing and subsequently the display reported the file
system as unknown rather than ext3. 

Everything substantive is backed up in one form or another (Web site,
databases, in particular) but it would be preferable not to have to
restore it manually.  Is there a way of re-establishing the file system
(ext3)? I mounted it immediately after gparted told me it no longer knew
what file system it was, but after rebooting it no longer worked. 

Mounting fails with a bad block error, and the backup blocks don't seem
to work. 

All suggestions welcome!

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