Re: DANGER! pre-patch-2.1.43 (the undead rm can't die)

Marco Mariani (
Fri, 27 Jun 1997 02:38:22 +0200 (CEST)

On Thu, 19 Jun 1997, Ricky Beam wrote:

> Letting the chips far where they may, I quote Blu3Viper:
> >not so. if a directory such as new/ for example is missing the . and ..
> >entries, trying to rm -rf new/ will hang and it *will* drive the load up
> >substantially.


> NOTE: You _can_ get a filesystem so fubar'ed you will need a disk editor to
> have any hope of repairing the damage. (And, yes, I have gotten a FS thusly
> fubar'ed and fixed it after several _hours_ of rebuilding directory
> structures.)

Some days ago, I've had such a fubar'ed filesystem on 2.0.30: while
extracting a compressed afio archive on a 2GB Western Digital (and
ONLY on that HD, which was perfectly working otherwise), many
directories didn't have "." and "..", with the mentioned effects.

All The Best,

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