Re: ext2 filesystem corruption?!?!??

Nicholas J. Leon (
Thu, 3 Apr 1997 20:20:02 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 3 Apr 1997, Doug Ledford wrote:

# Your choice of low-level controller driver for the attached hard
# drives can greatly
# impact this problem. I had a machine with an IDE drive and a Triton II
# chipset. When I enabled the Triton DMA support, I would get corruption,
# reliably, and under light load even. When I disabled the special drivers,
# the corruption went away.

Indeed. I, too, suffered a plague of ext2 fs errors on an old FX
mobo. I disabled "PCI Bridge Optimization" and the problem permanently
went away.

This machine is now a very heavily loaded mail server (200+ sendmail
processes at any given time, 150K+ messages/day, lotsa and lotsa
access in /var/spool/mqueue) and hasn't hiccuped yet <knock on wood> :)

Granted, ext2 could probably use better error handling, but there's
bound to be more to it than a resounding "ext2 sucks".

Nicholas J. Leon <>
"Elegance through Simplicity"

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