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Re: corrupt file system -- "Structure needs cleaning"

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Subject: Re: corrupt file system -- "Structure needs cleaning"
From: Hendrik Hoeth <hendrik.hoeth@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 23:21:06 +0200
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Thus spake Felix Blyakher (felixb@xxxxxxx):

> On Jun 26, 2009, at 2:58 PM, Hendrik Hoeth wrote:
>> This is how I recovered (well, most of the data I had copied is
>> corrupt at the target location):
> Some files would not make it to disk when filesystem shut down. I'd
> expect that such files are short. Do you have other indication that
> the files are corrupt?

Of course the last file was short, but even several of the files that
had been copied just before are corrupt (it was a "cp -r" of a few
directories, total ~ 700 MByte, the error appeared when copying the last
directory). Those files have identical lengths as the source files, but
different md5sum. Since it's music, I can hear the corrupt positions;
they are at random positions somewhere in the files.

> Seems like no corruption on disk.
> The system detected in memory corruption and shut the filesystem
> down to avoid writing bad (meta)data to disk. I don't have answer
> for that problem, however you can continue to use the filesystem,
> and may never see this problem again.

Hmmm, at least no corruption as in "inconsistent file system", right?
Still doesn't make me feel well ... I guess I should run a memtest.

> If it happens again, it could be useful to run debug XFS, which may
> point to the problem.

It's the first time that I had problems on this system, and it has been
running continuously for 1 1/2 years now. So until today I thought it
was stable. If the memtest doesn't show anything, I'll keep an eye on

Thanks for the help,


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