How do I fix a "still dirty" filesystem?
paul at originative.co.uk
Mon Oct 25 16:31:00 BST 1999
Jo Root wrote:
> Ah, do I _have_ to be in single user mode to run fsck?
Not necessarily, but the filesystem you're fixing shouldn't be mounted.
Although fsck will run on a mounted filesystem it will always be dirty
and it can potentially cause damage.
> > What was in this "innocent" archive of yours?
> It was the xfmail-1.3.8-1.tgz archive from http://xfmail.ufies.org/unstable/
> It contains:
> gatehouse# tar zvtf /home/dm/portdists/xfmail-1.3.8-1.tgz
> drwx------ root/root 0 Oct 24 02:56 1999 ./
> (Oh, hang on, should the permissions on '/' be as above?
> That's what mine is now (except root:wheel instead))
No it shouldn't, that's your problem.
chmod 755 /
should fix everything for you.
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