[clug] [UNCLASSIFIED] Ultra5 disk question

Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au
Tue Aug 8 03:47:15 GMT 2006

Hi all,
The other night I put a 200 Gb disk I use to mirror my fileserver
into an Ultra5 that I intend to use as said disk's permanent home.
It is on the U5's secondary IDE controller, where the CD usually is.
I am using the most current Debian stable network installer (2.4.11?).

All was good, but as I rsync'ed an update to the disk, I progressively
got more and more errors. Eventually even fsck wasn't able to retrieve it,
and while I could use mke2fs to reformat the disk, I couldn't mount it.

>Message from syslogd at latrina at Mon Aug 7 00:05:45 2006 ...
>latrina kernel: Assertion failure in journal_get_create_access() at
>transaction.c:804: "(jh->b_transaction == transaction ||
>jh->b_transaction == ((void *)0) || (jh->b_transaction ==
>journal->j_committing_transaction && jh->b_jlist == 4))"

Some reading suggests that it maybe a 137 Gb limit imposed by older
ATA disk controllers:

Next step is to try a more recent kernel (say 2.6), but I'd rather not
risk trashing my backup again unless this has a good probability of
resolving the issue (I only have one 200 Gb disk). Ideas?


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