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Re: Seriously corrupt ext3 root filesystem - help?



In message <20030825211408 DDBFA39BA1 www fastmail fm>, "Eddy" writes:
[...]
> Hi Ted!
> 
> I just wanted to publicly thank you for your suggestion to try 'mke2fs
> -S'. After making a backup of the trashed partition with 'dd', and not
> making any progress using any other programs, I finally got up the nerve
> to try your suggestion. After it re-wrote the superblocks and group
> descriptors, I ran 'e2fsck -y' and it complained about a _LOT_ of things.
> It didn't look good, but I figured I had nothing left to lose.
> 
> After it was done, I mounted up the filesystem and 'ls' showed nothing
> but 'lost+found'. Inside that dir, however, were a bunch of files and
> directories with numbered names, and after a little searching, I was able
> to find some of the important files that I thought were lost forever! So
> far, everything I've looked at it is intact!

I'm afraid I didn't fare as well.  After my mke2fs -S and "fsck -y" I got
<10% the files I had originally.  A "grep -r" for some files I was looking
for turned up nothing.

Erez.




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