HELP: FreeBSD 5.2 crashing when doing fsck?

William Cooper williamcooper at
Sun Feb 1 11:33:28 GMT 2004


That was a nice temp fix, rebooted the machine after the fsck and booted
normally, no problems -- I even transferred a few large files over  FTP
to see if anything would crash but it was fine. <40 minutes later, I
found it crashed again, no error messages, no weird processes running :(

Could this be a hardware problem? Its almost like the disk is timing out
or something :/

Any more suggestions are welcome. 



-----Original Message-----
From: freebsd-users-admin at
[mailto:freebsd-users-admin at] On Behalf Of Mike Bristow
Sent: 01 February 2004 09:06
To: William Cooper
Cc: freebsd-users at
Subject: Re: HELP: FreeBSD 5.2 crashing when doing fsck?

On Sat, Jan 31, 2004 at 09:05:13PM -0000, William Cooper wrote:
> I have a FreeBSD 5.2-RELEASE machine here, lately I started to run
> system problems where the machine would completely freeze and had to
> rebooted, the reboots took a very long time because it decided it
> to fsck the 4 x 120gb hard disks that are connected to it, 

That's odd, as it implies that your fsck's aren't backgrounded.

> Then the hangs started to happen earlier, it would only fsck the
> disk (only disk connected by this time), which is only 20gb and then
> hang within minutes afterwards. I noticed the hang would happen with
> HDD light on, so next time I booted up I did a 'killall -9 fsck' and
> 'killall -9 fsck_ufs', once them two processes were killed I haven't
> a problem, and the machine is still running (without a reboot of
> course).

But this implies that they are.

> Can anyone shed some light on this problem? I really need this box up
> and I'm unable to fix this problem :(

Eliminate the buit I'm unsure about:  boot into single user mode,
and fsck the disks by hand (with something like "fsck -p")

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