HELP: FreeBSD 5.2 crashing when doing fsck?

William Cooper williamcooper at
Sun Feb 1 22:09:07 GMT 2004


If you checked out the first email I sent I mentioned the motherboard
make/model, the Abit BP6 comes with 4 IDE ports so I can have 8 IDE
devices if I wish.

The comments I saw on e-buyer was mostly if not all good, apart from the
odd DOA comment.

I must stress that the setup on the box now is only ONE 20 GB disk which
has FreeBSD 5.2 installed on it, as I wanted to isolate the problem so
started to remove hardware. Also when the machine tried to fsck 4 120GB
disks it wasn't the quickest of things.

As mentioned in a lot of the other emails, it seems the fsck_ufs and
fsck processes that go into the background after booting up are causing
the problem, I may be wrong but only when I kill -9 these processes then
the box runs without a hitch. Before the machine wouldn't last 40
minutes, at the moment it's been running for 10 hours and counting
(because I killed the above processes at the start). Of course I rather
not do this every time I have to reboot it :)

Thanks for your help,



-----Original Message-----
From: Frank Shute [mailto:frank at] 
Sent: 01 February 2004 21:57
To: William Cooper
Cc: 'Frank Shute'; freebsd-users at
Subject: Re: HELP: FreeBSD 5.2 crashing when doing fsck?

On Sun, Feb 01, 2004 at 04:29:07PM -0000, William Cooper wrote:
> Hi,
> When I had all five disks in (20,120,120,120,120), there wasn't any
> of raid setup, just big partitions on each and mounted under /mnt as
> fsdsk1, fsdsk2 etc. But because of the problems and very long boot up
> times, I'm sticking to the one 20 GB install disk.
> I haven't been swapping a lot of the disks about; the last change was
> just removing the large storage disks as described above.
> These are Maxtor Diamond disks, I have heard about naughty IBM drives
> though :)
> Thanks for your help,

You had 5 IDE disks installed? 2 masters, 2 slaves and one....? I
thought you could only have 4 IDE disks installed under normal
circumstances ie. 2 channels with 2 disks on each, or have things
changed? Apologies in advance for my ignorance, I don't really follow

BTW, it looks like these disks aren't sensational if these comments
are anything to go by:



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