The mkfs.* command hangs and causes other filesystems to go read-only.

Solution Unverified - Updated -


  • When writing inode tables the mkfs.* command hangs indefinitely, after some time various filesystems on the machine go read-only:
Writing inode tables: 39507/44238


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8
  • VMware ESXi

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