[sf-lug] Hayes Valley Mystery

Asheesh Laroia asheesh at asheesh.org
Thu Apr 17 23:38:02 PDT 2008

On Wed, 16 Apr 2008, Tom Haddon wrote:

> So the questions here are:
> • How did the system boot from a device that it failed to mount (we know
> it was booting from /dev/sda1 because the changes we'd made
> to /boot/grub/menu.lst when we manually mounted /dev/sda1 before
> rebooting were applied)?

Sounds like it worked because GRUB's ext2/ext3 driver could read it; Linux 
never had to, for it to boot.

> • How can we mount a partition if it's failing to be mounted as part of
> the boot sequence?

Well, sounds like you should fsck and then see if it mounts.

> • What checks can we do on the filesystem to confirm it's all good?

fsck, I guess...?

-- Asheesh.

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