Bug 46859 - 7.1 Update Installer freezes when checking for bad blocks
Summary: 7.1 Update Installer freezes when checking for bad blocks
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Brent Fox
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-07-01 15:24 UTC by Brian M. Carlson
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:34 UTC (History)
0 users

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Last Closed: 2001-07-09 23:11:03 UTC

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Description Brian M. Carlson 2001-07-01 15:24:38 UTC
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Description of problem:
When I choose Disk Druid's option to check /dev/hda5 (/) for bad blocks when formatting, the actual format freezes about 90 
seconds into it. I am unable to use Ctrl-Alt-Del or kill the X server.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Choose Disk Druid (Manual Format)
2. Format /boot (/dev/hda1, 54 MB), / (/dev/hda5, 9611 MB), and swap (/dev/hda6, 168 MB)
3. Set "Check for bad blocks" flag.
4. Go through the rest of the steps (any options, doesn't matter).

Actual Results:  When the disk begins to format, about 90 seconds into the format, the system freezes. The progress bar does not 
move,  the X server cannot be killed, and the machine cannot be rebooted with the keyboard.

Expected Results:  The format should complete and bad blocks, if any, should be indicated in the proper place.

Additional info:

I am almost certain that bad blocks exist on my disk. When I tried to perform an upgrade, glibc-common, which I believe was 
in the same place on the disk, failed to install because it could not remove a file. Also, I am using the installer on the RedHat 7.1 
Update CD.

Comment 1 Brent Fox 2001-07-03 16:37:15 UTC
How long did you let the machine sit?  Checking for bad blocks takes a looooong
time...two or three hours is not unusual for large drives.

Comment 2 Brian M. Carlson 2001-07-06 17:16:23 UTC
I let it sit quite a while (an additional 30 minutes or so), but the disk activity light had gone off after only 90 seconds and the mouse would not move. I 
realize the badblocks check takes a long time; I did it on a debian system and it took over an hour with e2fsprogs 1.19, and found 12 bad blocks. It was 
still unable to install after that.

Comment 3 Brian M. Carlson 2001-07-09 23:11:00 UTC
I took the computer in and it appears it is a hardware problem with a bad K6-2. That explains a lot. I'm filing a NOTABUG on this, if that's OK.

Comment 4 Brent Fox 2001-07-17 15:32:32 UTC
Ok.  Too bad about your computer though.  There's nothing more frustrating than
bad hardware...especially when you're not sure if it's the software or the
hardware that has a problem.  I wish that when hardware breaks, it would break
completely instead of just behaving strangely.

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