Tuesday, October 11, 2005

fsck this

Well, not how I planned on spending my day, but...

even with a corrupt disk, most of the data can be recovered

if in doubt run fsck

if that doesn't work, remember there are special little flags you can use to force the issue

if that doesn't work, telling the computer to fsck thrice will sometimes actually work

"volume successfully repaired"... we'll see.

Well, it rebooted, and I have Desktop, now we'll see if the corrupt piece of crap data really was flushed and the rest of the disk is there.

It is though comforting to know I can still hack it with Unix. One of these essential survival skills that you don't forget.


Blogger Adam Solomon said...

Hmm...sounds like a useful skill. I can't take that in grad school, can I? "Unix Hacking 201"...

10:44 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Well, there are comp sci and comp eng classes, but this is one of these "learn by doing" things, not something you get from a classroom lecture.
Handy, as long as you don't tell your colleagues so they don't bug you about it

2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You just need one book:

UNIX System Administration Handbook, 3rd ed., Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder, Scott Seebass and Trent Hein

It also the advantage of being pretty funny in places.

For general Unix wizardry, have a look at "Unix for the Impatient" and "Unix Power Tools", the latter being from the O'Reilly press. Soon, you'll be fscking with the best of them.


11:06 AM  

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