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Linux server power off, wont boot again. Emergency !

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Emergency ! We know nothing about linux HELP !

Our Linux server (mailserv) has been inproperly shutdown (power off) and now it refuses to boot...

In the boot sequence, it stops at /dev/sda8

and says that it is corrupted and suggest we run fsck manually.

It then asks me for the administrator password for maintenance. So I enter it.

It then brings me to to a prompt :

[mailserv@root]#

So we tried running fsck but it only replies :
Parallelizing fsck ver 1.14 (1999-9-09)
and then back to the prompt...

I HAVE to make it boot NOW !
PLEASE HELP US !

THanks
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run fsck with the -sr parameter to serialise the operation and force interactive repair.

Are you supplying the device details to fsck (/dev/sda8)?

ie fsck -sr /dev/sda8
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Run fsck -f -y /dev/sda8. The -f is to force it and the -y to answer yes to the undoubtedly many questions that will be asked. This should be enough to fix it.
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