[svlug] Files That Will Not Delete

Sarah Newman sarah.newman at computer.org
Sat Nov 1 10:41:48 PST 2014

On 11/01/2014 11:32 AM, Akkana Peck wrote:

> Since I couldn't make a warranty claim if I couldn't find a single
> diagnostic program that could see an error, I reformatted the drive,
> wiping out the reiserfs partition that was on it, and replaced it
> with the same data but on an ext3 partition. Then I installed the disk
> back in the machine it had come out of and went back to using it,
> backing up frequently and expecting it to die at any moment.
> I used that disk for at least two more years before finally retiring
> that machine, and had no further disk problems.
> I still don't understand why a filesystem problem would leave I/O
> error messages in dmesg; but it can happen.

Maybe it was trying to read using an invalid start offset or length? I could see a file system bug
doing that...

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