vanilla 2.5.13 severe file system corruption experienced follozing e2fsck ...

From: william stinson (
Date: Sun May 05 2002 - 13:34:51 EST


as vanilla linux 2.5.13 compiled beautifully for me
last night one I couldn't resist the temptation to
boot it up and give it a whirl on my workstation (a
monoprocessor AMD ATHLON on VIA motherboard with
recent 20GB IDE disk and EXT2 file system, NVIDIA
video card).

Boot went OK until a message something like "checking
filesystems - check forced -mounted 31 times without
verification - verifying now". Shortly afterwards I
got an OOPS message.

EIP : 0010: [<c01d59cb> Not Tainted
<0> Kernel Panic: Aiee, killing interrupt handler! In
interrupt handler - not syncing

Not to worry I try to reboot my stable kernel - this
fails at the mount command (library's needed by mount
command are missing). Impossible to login (password
file must be corrupted too).

With the rescue disk I run e2fsck and home partition
is dead (bad superblocks) and nothing recoverable.
The root file system is also corrupted (bad
superblocks but not as badly as home). I have some
other partitions which I haven't checked yet - maybe
some of them survived.

As I am not subscribed to the list please CC me in any
response. If I can recover the kernel compile I will
try to give some configuration options and try to
decode the full oops message. More details available
on request.

Best regards
William Stinson (

 The hard disk is using VIA bus master PCI IDE and the
distribution is a "vanilla" mandrake 8.1. I have a
REALTEK RTL8029 Ethernet Adaptor. USB is with VIA
VT83C572/VT82C586 PCI to VIA Universal Host

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