View Full Version : fdisk died exit status 8 Ubuntu 7.10

10-02-2008, 01:58 PM
I will not go in to the long history but I thought I had cleaned up my disk then reinstalled Ubuntu and was faced with the same problem.When I try to boot Ubuntu I get so far then get the message "fdisk died exit status 8.press cntrl-D to continue.Cntrol D does not work at first but after a while it works and Ubuntu boots normally.The fstab for the ubuntu OS has uids and a long string of numbers.
The error log at /var/log/fsck/checkfs is:
/dev/sdc2: clean, 97648/1359872 files, 660277/2714985 blocks
/dev/sda1: recovering journal
Replaying journal..
/dev/sda1: clean, 1401/854784 files, 82161/1708906 blocks
Trans replayed: mountid 191, transid 1605, desc 3674, len 1, commit 3676, next trans offset 3659
Reiserfs journal '/dev/sdc5' in blocks [18..8211]: 1 transactions replayed
Checking internal tree..finished
Reiserfs super block in block 16 on 0x825 of format 3.6 with standard journal
Blocks (total/free): 15150880/15113031 by 4096 bytes
Filesystem is NOT clean
fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve 'UUID=f80e6a5b-6ec4-45a1-8cc8-4a0d3cab1fc3'
fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve 'UUID=b48e713b-a485-419f-b2e2-3d7ee2fcc937'
Reiserfs super block in block 16 on 0x825 of format 3.6 with standard journal
Blocks (total/free): 15150880/15113031 by 4096 bytes
Filesystem is NOT clean
fsck died with exit status 8

The problem started when I installed PCLos and I find it is because some installs of
two ubuntu systems on the same box come up with this error.
Does anyone know how it can be fixed:
I have already had a go at resetting the fstab but no go.

10-02-2008, 02:25 PM
Replace the uuids in fstab with the device names - this should (partly) solve your problem. The journal replays are caused by not cleanly unmounting your filesystems - make sure you shut your system down properly rather than just killing the power. If sdc is an external drive, make sure it's unmounted before removing it.

10-02-2008, 02:51 PM
I have already tried that but it did not work.Next boot up the same problem came back

10-02-2008, 03:00 PM
Can you please paste the complete output of dmesg immediately after bootup completes. Remember to put this in [code] tags, as it will be very large.

10-02-2008, 04:48 PM
Perhaps I should explain further:
The fault arose after I had installed the latest PCLos on my 3rd disk.I have Xandros and Ubuntu 7.10 on the other 2.After the install on reboot Hdd ?? and I can not remember which has been mounted 21 times and will be checked.Part way thro the check the fdisk error status 8 came up and control D did nothing so I shutdown.After that the error came up when booting Ubuntu and would only boot after prolonged control D's.I then wiped PCLos and Ubuntu and reinstalled Ubuntu.After the first boot it started again and I searched for the problem on Google.The answer I got was that "for some reason installing 2 ubuntu systems on the same box produces this error and it was due to UIDs being put in the Fsab.Why it carried over to the second install is a mystery.I am not particularly concerned as I will only use Ubuntu as a back up.My next move is to reformat both "spare"drives and try Ubuntu again some time in the next few days.Thanks any way.

10-02-2008, 04:59 PM
OK - let us know if you need any more help.

10-02-2008, 05:15 PM
Think I have found part of the problem.When i edited the fstab I did not edit out all the # in front of the lines.The second failure is still a mystery tho.
Thanks again