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Old unix server crashed and now will not boot up, the drives are still accessible though. I need to move the data from that server to a Red Hat server. I was going to use a boot cd to copy the data to a USB drive but I coulnd't find one that can read VxFS file system. I ended up taking an Acronis image of the disk.

Now I don't know what I should do next, any ideas?

Not sure why the unix system wont boot because it gets a kernel panic during start up. This is an old server that is getting replaced with the red hat server.


Forgot to mention that the drives are SCSI drives in a RAID so I can only read the drives on the old UNIX server.

Edit2: I copied the partition to a USB drive now I just need to mount and read it.

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There is also FreeVXFS, which might help you. Though I do now know how well supported it is, and how compatible it is with your VXFS filesystem.

It's worth looking into I guess:

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I think centos support freevxfs, I'm downloading a live cd of it right now to see if it works. – evolvd Dec 8 '11 at 16:26

Symantec still maintains a vxfs driver for veritas, but it appears you have to purchase it directly from Symantec. I couldn't find an open source link for it as I was surfing their website.

Assuming you get ahold of this module, you should be able to loopmount the image on the usb key with commands similar to:

modprobe vxfs;mount -t vxfs -o loop /path/to/partition.img /your/mount/point

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I'll look around for the module, maybe I will get lucky. – evolvd Dec 8 '11 at 16:13

FreeVxFS has been part of the linux kernel for a long time. Many (most?) linux distro comes with the module included. I suppose you'd just need to mount the volume.

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mount -t freexvfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/unix gives me "unknown filesystem type "freevxfs", I tried this is RHEL 6.2 and Knopix – evolvd Dec 8 '11 at 17:25
do you have the freevxfs module? (try modprobe freevxfs) – wazoox Dec 13 '11 at 10:59

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