I reported my problem to the author of fsck yesterday; today, I had an e-mail waiting for me, saying he thought it was a bug he’d fixed recently, and asking me to try a new version. I did, and at first it seemed to get stuck in the same place; while I was poking around and composing a response, though, I noticed that it had made it further, and the scan did eventually complete. (Reporting no problems.) So either the new version fixed the problem, or I wasn’t patient enough the first time.

Certainly nice to get such a quick response. Now I’m curious what caused the strange pause in the check – is the disk dying on me or something? I hope not… Though, even if it is, I have more disks like it lying around, and all the data on it should be stored somewhere else as well, so it’s not the end of the world if I have to replace it.

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