Friday 16 February 2007

Fragging root sucks

Siona, the server, for no apparent external reason started freaking out about errors on the root partition. The drive is a Western Digital which seems to lend credence to the decline in quality of WD drives... Anyhow, syslog reported that the filesystem hit a couple of IO errors. For better or worse, it looks like the damage was contained to a single partition but there was some data loss. The files in /etc/apt were all corrupted.

Argh! Why? Siona is a headless server so repairing the root partition means digging out a db15-type monitor cable and stealing a keyboard and mouse from Friday, and booting to Knoppix. Fortunately, the file system repair went well. It looks like it was some sectors went bad so reiserfsck was able to rebuild the filesystem (less the corrupted files, of course). A pain in the ass, but no worse then that.

Now if only there was a way to repair a root filesystem remotely...

And in other news, I've become pretty convinced that I've burned out the wireless in my router :P Sucks cause I liked that router! It's just been having a rough life... Well, if Linksys didn't make such shitty firmware, then I wouldn't have needed to replace it will third party firmwares. Jerks. DDWRT is *way* nicer then the linksys firmware, they should just ship with that.

So for the wireless, it is a pain not having wireless so I think I'm going to get a second router and then setup a static route on the current router so that the wireless can be on a separate subnet so a) clients don't have to get NAT'ed twice going to the Internet and b) I can keep my current router with it's current firmware and configuration.

We shall see how that goes.

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