Strange fsck.ext3 behavior - infinite loop

Richards, Paul Franklin prichard at
Sat Sep 7 02:46:35 UTC 2013

It appears that the RAID has hardware problems as three of the disks are being detected as "unhealthy".

Thank you all for your help!
From: Theodore Ts'o [tytso at]
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 2:23 PM
To: Andreas Dilger
Cc: Richards, Paul Franklin; ext3-users at
Subject: Re: Strange fsck.ext3 behavior - infinite loop

On Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:07:22PM -0600, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> > [root at myhost /]# mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1
> > mke2fs 1.35 (28-Feb-2004)
> First thing I would suggest is to update to a newer version of e2fsprogs, since this one is 9+ years old and that is a lot of
> water under the bridge.

That's definitely good advice, but even with e2fsprogs 1.35, if e2fsck
-f is finding errors when run immediately after running mke2fs, it
would make me suspect the storage device.

Are you sure the RAID controller (is this a hw raid, or software raid)
is working correctly?

                                        - Ted

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