Ubuntu Linux error – fsck died with exit status 1

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution, Troubleshooting, Ubuntu Linux last updated February 20, 2007

Recently I’ve noticed an error:

fsck died with exit status 1

I’ve total 3 hard disk drive connected to my desktop system. Ubuntu hides many details behind its GUI startup screen (read as splash screen).

Now I need to find out which file system is causing error. After digging around boot process files I found a script called checkfs.sh located at /etc/init.d/ directory. It checks all filesystems for error using fsck command and logs message to a file called /var/log/fsck/checkfs.

So all I need to do is check this file using less or vi command:
$ less /var/log/fsck/checkfs
$ vim /var/log/fsck/checkfs

Log of fsck -C -R -A -a
Tue Feb 20 07:26:55 2007

fsck 1.39 (29-May-2006)
open UUID=07E7-341E:No such file or directory
dosfsck 2.11, 12 Mar 2005, FAT32, LFN
dosfsck 2.11, 12 Mar 2005, FAT32, LFN
/dev/hda1: 19392 files, 1970394/2052299 clusters
dosfsck 2.11, 12 Mar 2005, FAT32, LFN
There are differences between boot sector and its backup.
Differences: (offset:original/backup)
  90:33/fa, 91:c9/33, 92:8e/c9, 93:d1/8e, 94:bc/d1, 95:f4/bc, 96:7b/f8
  , 97:8e/7b, 98:c1/8e, 99:8e/c1, 100:d9/bd, 101:bd/78, 103:7c/c5, 104:88/76
  , 105:4e/00, 106:02/1e, 107:8a/56, 108:56/16, 109:40/55, 110:b4/bf
  , 111:08/22, 112:cd/05, 113:13/89, 114:73/7e, 115:05/00, 116:b9/89
  , 117:ff/4e, 118:ff/02, 119:8a/b1, 120:f1/0b, 121:66/fc, 122:0f/f3
  , 123:b6/a4, 124:c6/8e, 125:40/d9, 126:66/bd, 127:0f/00, 128:b6/7c
  , 129:d1/c6, 130:80/45, 131:e2/fe, 132:3f/0f, 133:f7/8b, 134:e2/46
  , 135:86/18, 136:cd/88, 137:c0/45, 138:ed/f9, 139:06/38, 140:41/4e
  , 141:66/40, 142:0f/7d, 143:b7/25, 144:c9/8b, 145:66/c1, 146:f7/99
  , 147:e1/bb, 148:66/00, 149:89/07, 150:46/e8, 151:f8/97, 152:83/00
  , 153:7e/72, 154:16/1a, 155:00/83, 156:75/eb, 157:38/3a, 158:83/66
  , 159:7e/a1, 160:2a/1c, 161:00/7c, 162:77/66, 163:32/3b, 164:66/07
  , 165:8b/8a, 166:46/57, 167:1c/fc, 168:66/75, 169:83/06, 170:c0/80
  , 171:0c/ca, 172:bb/02, 173:00/88, 174:80/56, 175:b9/02, 176:01/80
  , 504:00/20, 505:ac/53, 506:bf/59, 507:cc/53
  Not automatically fixing this.
/dev/hda2: 9191 files, 776690/1418356 clusters
/dev/hdb5: recovering journal
/dev/hdb5: clean, 999/3548384 files, 1279197/7090681 blocks
RockSolidStorage: recovering journal
RockSolidStorage: clean, 26142/3662848 files, 4988810/7325640 blocks
fsck died with exit status 1

Tue Feb 20 07:27:06 2007

/dev/hda1 (FAT32) has some problem. To fix this problem you need to run native Win98/DOS fsck (chkdisk.exe) to fix this problem.

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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