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Re: hdc: lost interrupt and very slow installation

On Fri, Aug 25, 2000 at 01:15:21PM +0100, Mark Hindley wrote:
> I have just been installing potato into a new partition (created with fips)
> on an i386. I keep getting the warning message hdc: lost interrupt. the
> installation has taken ages: about 1 hour each for the kernel and base
> installation. Surely this is not what you expect?
> Are the 2 symptoms connected. What is the cause? I booted from the
> installation CD in /dev/hdc. I can still/always read from it. Apart from
> the slowness and continual messages, all seems fine!

The last time I had a problem with a lost interrupt on a disk device
(several actually, but the rate was really low, maybe a couple a day),
a disk failure was about to occur.  In a couple other cases, I've seen
that reseating the disk cables will clean up the connections and errors
will cease.  Yes, it's related to slowness - very much so.  I also had
some corrupt data that didn't get caught for a long time so don't assume
that everything's fine.  Check your hardware, fsck your disks (e2fsck -f
even), a reinstall wouldn't be out of order, and don't put any critical
data on your system until you have trustworthy hardware and stop seeing
this error.

Steve Bowman  <sbowman@frostwork.net> (preferred)
Buckeye, AZ   <sbowman@goodnet.com> <bowmanc@acm.org>

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