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#411838: Please fix this bug (e2fsprogs: fsck.ext3 can end up looping) also in Etch

found 411838 1.39+1.40-WIP-2006.11.14+dfsg-2etch1
tag 411838 +etch


this bug seems also present in the current stable release. I ran into it
after the recent kernel upgrade for Etch. Since this bug can cause
unexpected downtime durations when it appears, I think this should be
fixed in Etch, too.

Symptom here on amd64 Etch: fsck for one 2.2 TB partition _always_ hangs
at exactly 70.0% and while fsck was mostly diskwaiting and used about
2-3% CPU before reaching 70.0%, it uses up 100% CPU after reaching 70.0%
(no system or library calls anymore at that point), and never ends. (I
waited several hours once.) This happens at boot up, in single user mode
as well as when I boot up without this partition and then run fsck

Since backporting e2fsprogs from Lenny to Etch didn't work out of the
box (FTBFS on Etch), I installed 1.39+1.40-wip-2007.04.07+dfsg-2 from
snapshot.debian.net as a workaround. The bug was originally fixed in


		Kind regards, Axel Beckert
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