[TriLUG] Oops.. Super User Error :-)
brian at strutmasters.com
Mon Jun 28 12:55:36 EDT 2004
In a moment of extreme brain-farting, I just royally fscked up my /
partition (literally--ran fsck with no arguments on a mounted filesystem).
The system isn't in production use yet, so it's not a horrible emergency,
but I do stand to lose quite a bit of perl scripting work if I can't recover
the info.. So.. Here's what went down:
I fsck'ed and "continued anyway".
Then, moments later, tried to man something, man - command not found.
/sbin/shutdown was still found (along with su, fortunately, because I had
exited), so I /sbin/shutdown -r now and ran to watch the system messages on
the local terminal.. And it was spewing forth invalid inode messages and
the ominous-sounding "journal aborted."
So after it became fairly apparent that nothing good was going to come of
that, I hit Reset.
Now, "label '/' not found" pops up from makedevfs, or something like that,
and it won't boot (kernel panics).
So obviously I've done a Very Bad Thing (TM). Is there any way to Save My
Butt (TM) or am I resigned to reformatting and reinstalling, and just losing
the little bit of not-backed-up data that was there? Again, it's not a
production machine yet, so it's really just an avoid-the-royal-PITA factor,
but nonetheless, any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
Brian A. Henning
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