Unexpected soft update inconsistency

walt wa1ter at myrealbox.com
Sat Jun 10 15:17:45 PDT 2006

Matthew Dillon wrote:
>     If there is really a bad sector on the disk...

I've been testing all day, and found some things which may be
significant, dunno.

1) I built pkgsrc/firefox on NetBSD-current which is installed
  on the same disk as DF -- I had no problems of any kind.

2) I built pkgsrc/firefox on my *other* DF installation (also on
  the same disk) and got the same 'write error' just after
  'leaving directory <foo>'.  *But* there was one big difference:
  when I rebooted and ran fsck there were *no* errors found on
  the filesystem.  I restarted the firefox bmake from where it
  stopped and got a second 'write error'.  I rebooted again, ran
  fsck again, and again it found *no* error.  (This DF install was
  last updated on April 25.)

I'm thinking that the soft-update-inconsistency error may have been
just a red-herring due to a bad sector -- but the 'write error'
is also occurring in the absence of bad sectors, and was already
happening on DF-current as long ago as April 25.

As an aside -- firefox pulled in and installed 37 other pkgsrc
packages as dependencies with not one error, before starting to
build firefox itself.  The only 'write error' I've seen is during
the building of firefox.

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