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Re: To ext3 developers

On Tue, 21 May 2002, Stephen C. Tweedie wrote:

> Hi,
> On Mon, May 20, 2002 at 08:44:28PM -0700, Halbert Thiodore wrote:
> > I've seen several posting regarding assertion failure (I also have that 
> > problem since rh 7.2 and 7.3!!). Is it a bug or something?
> Yes, it is either a bug, or something [else].  It is hardware failure
> in some cases, a core VFS bug in others, an ext3 bug in others.

Hardware failure is not possible in this case because everything is smooth
under windows 98.
> > Sometimes low-level format needs to be done if we want to do reinstallation 
> > because otherwise during formatting the filesystem in graphic mode, rh will 
> > prompt error msg regarding some serious problem has occur at /dev/hda#. If 
> > the installation was done in text mode, you could see that in fact the 
> > serious problem was the assertion failure. After that, the computer become 
> > hang and the caps-lock and scroll-lock button's light on the keyboard are 
> > blinking.
> Please tell us the exact kernel version, hardware config, and the text
> of the error.  Without precise information, we can't diagnose
> problems, we can only guess.

Well.. now even worse.. low-level format doesn't do the trick anymore. Here is
the error pop up when the installation step is at copying image to harddrive
(the one after formatting the filesystem and /boot):

cpu: 0
eip: 0010 [<c0134c1>] not tainted
eflags: 00010202
eip is at (2.4.18-3)
eax: cfda0302
esi: 0000e
ds: 0018
process swapper (pid 1, stackpage = c13153000)
stack: 09000000 00000000 0000000 000000 00000000 00000002 00000000
       cfda32d0 ce6cd230 0000000 ........ etc.
call trace: [<c0138765>]

code 66 39 43 0c 8b 7b 20 0f 85 9c 00 00 00 8b 4b 30 85 c9 0f 84

<0> Kernel panic: attempted to kill init!

And the specs of the comp:
AMD K7 500 Mhz
Mem: 256 MB pc-100
HDD: Quantum Fireball 7.5 GB IDE/ATA (It's really in a fireball now :~( )
Kernel: don't remember, but it's the one comes with rh 7.3

At this moment, my comp doesn't have rh installed and it won't let me
install the OS by giving the above msg.


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