Help on ext3 file system corruption issue

Andreas Dilger adilger at
Tue Jun 5 21:35:46 UTC 2007

On Jun 05, 2007  22:01 +0530, Somasundaram, Arun (IE10) wrote:
> I have a Kernel 2.4.7-10 with ext3 file system in compact flash. The
> system was up for 3 months and was running with average load conditions.

Unless you have a support contract with some vendor, nobody will look at
bugs from such an old kernel.  There are a hundred old bugs that might
have been fixed already.

> One fine day, it just started sending kernel messages on the serial
> console. The message was like this.
> hda: read_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
> hda: read_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=667854,
> sector=163854
> end_request: I/O error, dev 03:02 (hda), sector 163854
> EXT3-fs error (device ide0(3,2)): ext3_get_inode_loc: unab
> le to read inode block - inode=20089, block=81926

This is likely a hardware error.  Probably due to the fact that ext3
is not a good filesystem to use on CF because the journal is always
overwriting the same part of the CF device.  Try something like JFFS2

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Principal Software Engineer
Cluster File Systems, Inc.

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