Re: mke2fs Hangs

Subject: Re: mke2fs Hangs
From: Ed Jaeger (
Date: Tue Feb 29 2000 - 13:35:49 MST

Two possibilities:

1) If it's a big partition it can take some time;
2) The -c checks for bad sectors - if there's a bad area on the disk it
trys several times, and can take _forever_ to finish, as it keeps
resetting the drive, etc.

Can you determine if the disk is seeking? As long as you can switch
consoles I's suggest letting it finish.

Jeff wrote:
> I've set up partitions (/, /usr, /var, /home, /usr/local) and mke2fs hangs
> while formatting and making the filesystem. It looks like the install is
> still running because I can switch consoles and the cursor blinks; the
> installer has been displaying "Making ext2 filesystem on /dev/sdb5..." for
> about an hour. On its last line, the log console (?) (command-F3) says:
> * running: /usr/bin/mak2fs mke2fs /tmp/sdb5 -c
> Any suggestions?
> TIA,
> Jeff

Ed Jaeger, CFO, Bohlender Graebener Corporation
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not,  you are right."

-- Henry Ford

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