Filesystem maintenance

Brian McKee brian.mckee at gmail.com
Mon Sep 3 21:11:55 UTC 2007


On Mon, 2007-03-09 at 15:04 -0500, Jeff wrote:
> Hal Burgiss wrote: 
> > On Sun, Sep 02, 2007 at 08:28:41PM -0500, Jeff wrote:
> >   
> > > I have heard about Linux stability.  However, as the server runs 24/7 
> > > and never needs rebooting, after a while, the hard drive develops 
> > > problems.  This past spring, I let the thing run without any rebooting 
> > >     
> > 
> > [...]
> > 
> > This might well be due to other hardware problems, or a flaky hard
> > drive. I don't think the assumption that because something runs 24/7
> > it will develop problems is true. It shouldn't. I don't doubt it
> > happens, but the cause is most likely either the drive is wonky, or
> > other hardware (memory, mboard, etc). fsck is a bandaid in such cases.
> > 
> >   
> The drive is relatively new, and the machine seems fine in every other
> respect.  And this is not the first machine where have had this
> experience.  Thanks for your help.
> 

What file system is it?  Our main server has been down total of maybe 4
or 5 times total in the last 6 years because even a big UPS only goes so
long....  and it's certainly never had file system issues.   I think
your issue is elsewhere if you're running ext3.

And as for the drive being new, that's more likely to be be bad than an
old one.  Several recent studies show new drives more likely to fail
than middle aged ones  (makes sense, bad manufacturing or materials are
likely to show up early)


FWIW
Brian
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