Re: Heads Up! FC3 Rescue CD cripples older distribs (Restore possible?)
From: General Schvantzkoph (schvantzkoph_at_yahoo.com)
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 14:03:50 -0400
On Sat, 23 Apr 2005 09:15:54 -0700, Andrew wrote:
> yes, I know I shouldn't have taken the chance, but i did.
> I tried to repair an old RedHat 7.1 (Seawolf) system (kernel 2.4.2)
> that wouldn't boot (would hang at "Updating fstab"), by using my FC3
> rescue CD (the only rescue utility availabe at that moment).
> The consequence was that when I now try to boot into the 7.1 system,
> the boot stops even sooner, with a new error:
> Checking root filesystem
> fsck.ext2: Filesystem has unsupported feature(s) (/dev/hda7)
> e2fsck: Get a newer version of e2fsck!
> *** An error occurred during the file system check
> *** Dropping you to a shell; the system will reboot
> *** when you leave the shell.
> ... etc...
> The "extra features", it seems, where "installed" when I booted into
> FC3 Rescue mode, which mounted all the partitions (none of which are
> ext3). I don't know what these extra features are and if it's possible
> to remove them.
> First, a grumble: I realize the OS mismatch, but something that calls
> itself "a rescue CD" should have been designed with extra precautions
> to avoid damage to mismatched systems
> Second, a call for help: Is it possible to correct my old seawolf?
> Would it suffice to get a newer version of e2fsck, like the error
> message suggests? And where would I get a binary of the new one, for
> RH7.1 (2.4.2) or how could I compile one using my new Fedora?
> (I have a few valuable progs and custom setups on this system I would
> like to work with before scrapping it)
Why don't you just upgrade the system to FC3? 7.1 is incredibly old, it
hasn't been supported for years.