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  1. #1
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    Input/output error on 'cat'?

    I just installed Fedora 3 core and am running into a problem. On many system binaries (not all) I am getting 'Input/output error'.

    [root@athena etc]# vim inittab
    -bash: /usr/bin/vim: Input/output error
    [root@athena etc]# find / -name vim -print
    /usr/bin/vim
    /usr/share/vim
    [root@athena etc]# echo $PATH
    /bin:/usr/kerberos/sbin:/usr/kerberos/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin:/root/bin
    [root@athena etc]# cat inittab
    cat: inittab: Input/output error
    [root@athena etc]# find / -name cat -print
    /bin/cat

    What am I missing?
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    You could try supplying the complete path to your objective, such as "cat /etc/inittab"....if I'm reading you right.
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    Yeah, that doesn't do it. A lot of commands (not all) are doing it. Weirdest thing.

    [root@athena bin]# ls *sh
    ash bash bsh csh ksh sh tcsh zsh
    [root@athena bin]# ./ksh
    -bash: ./ksh: Input/output error
    [root@athena bin]# ./sh
    sh-3.00# file ksh
    sh: /usr/bin/file: Input/output error
    sh-3.00# ping localhost
    sh: /bin/ping: Input/output error
    sh-3.00# cat /etc/inittab
    cat: /etc/inittab: Input/output error
    sh-3.00# ls /root
    anaconda-ks.cfg install.log install.log.syslog
    sh-3.00# cat /root/install.log
    cat: /root/install.log: Input/output error
    sh-3.00# cd
    sh-3.00# ls -a
    . .bashrc .gnome2 install.log.syslog
    .. .cshrc .gnome2_private .tcshrc
    anaconda-ks.cfg .gconf .gstreamer-0.8 .Xauthority
    .bash_logout .gconfd .gtkrc
    .bash_profile .gnome install.log
    sh-3.00# cat .bash_logout
    cat: .bash_logout: Input/output error
    sh-3.00# cat ./.bash_logout
    cat: ./.bash_logout: Input/output error
    sh-3.00# cat .bash_profile
    # .bash_profile

    # Get the aliases and functions
    if [ -f ~/.bashrc ]; then
    . ~/.bashrc
    fi

    # User specific environment and startup programs

    PATH=$PATH:$HOME/bin

    export PATH
    unset USERNAME
    sh-3.00#



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    Anything in the kernel logs after you get one of these I/O errors? Perhaps something related to your disk returning errors? (These would be due to either a failing disk, a failing IDE controller, or a bad IDE cable.)

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