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By atiugk ·
How do you stop a vrepair in Novell v4.12? We have a server with Raid 5 (consist of 3 HDD)for system, 1 HDD for Program and another HDD for Data. The problem we had was, the HDD for Data did not mount when it is boot up by UPS PowerChute Plus. We manually mount it and the Vrepair starts. This repair damaged our data files (thousand of drawing files) which is irrecoverable. What actually went wrong? The server has a memory of 128MB. FYI, we had also run the anti-virus and utilities.

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by kuiphoff In reply to Novell VRepair

VREPAIR didn't mess up your file structure, it's trying to fix it. During the course of fixing your file structure you may end up with files that VREPAIR was unable to fix.

You said "...it is boot up by UPS PowerChute Plus". Did you experience a power outage? If so, are you sure that PowerChute gracefully downed your system? It sounds like your system was not downed gracefully and that is what caused your file system corruption. What you need to do is run VREPAIR several times, until it no longer returns any errors. After that you can restore the files that were corrupted.

Once your file system has been fixed you'll probably want to verify that your UPS and the PowerChute software are working properly.

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by atiugk In reply to Novell VRepair

Thanks for your help. After we have re-install the UPS, the data disk mount properly and no more VRepair.

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by rogerndgreen In reply to Novell VRepair

Further to the first answer, if you run Vrepair and it finds errors, run it and re-run it until you get no more errors reported.
Also, choose the options to write ALL entries out to disk, Write changes immediately and purge deleted files. Some people might say that this is not all entirely necessary, but in my experience, can be a time-saver in the long run.
I agree with the suggestion you get Powerchute checked out. This data problem will *not* be caused by the power outage if POwerchute (and your UPS) are working correctly. I have seen this problem when the UPS had a battery fault, and although the software tried to shut the server down correctly, the UPS would just go bellyup and kill the server stone-dead.
Sounds silly, but when the server is up & running (and no-one is on it) take the power lead out of the UPS (simulating a power failure) and see if it shuts down gracefully. Also, if you haven't already, schedule in regular tests of the UPS in powerchute.

HTH

Roger

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by atiugk In reply to Novell VRepair

Thank you for your time in answering my question.

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by atiugk In reply to Novell VRepair

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