Inode 196617 has imagic flag set

Ted Ts'o tytso at
Mon Dec 6 02:24:53 UTC 2010

On Sun, Dec 05, 2010 at 10:10:38PM +0000, Keith Roberts wrote:
> This is stopping my new Centos 5.5 installation from booting.
> I have dropped into maintainance mode and run e2fsck without getting
> any errors. I used the -c option, and no bad blocks were found.

That error "Inode ... has imagic flag set" is an e2fsck error.  Do you
have more than one file system on your system?  Maybe you checked the
one file system, and the error was on another file system.

That error very often means that part of your inode table has gotten
corrupted, since that flag should never get set during normal
operation.  (It was implemented for AFS file servers.)

	    	    		    	     - Ted

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