i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
11:59 PM: the end is near
yesterday celeste hung and gave me a blinking system folder icon when restarted. i tried not to panic. fortunately, upon a second try, she finally rebooted. unfortunately, i should have done more about it than just thank my lucky stars, as it turned out to be an ominous portent for today's troublesome toil.
today she also hung and gave me a blinking system folder icon, but wouldn't reboot. disk warrior couldn't fix it completely, but fixed enough so she would boot and let me try disk utility, which told me i had an "invalid node structure." it also gave me enough time to back up the Applications & Library folders (fortunately, we back up our home directories every week).
i rebooted her using the install disk, hoping disk utility would be more use if i wasn't using celeste's system folder as the startup drive. that got me a little farther: i was told it would start fixing the B-tree Catalog, but then it would repeatedly fail. i even tried booting into single-user mode to use fsck, but it told me nothing i didn't already know. so i tried to do an archived install, but the install disk couldn't even see celeste as a legitimate drive to install the os on, so there was no other option: i had to erase & install a new system. eeep.
the good news is that it looks like it's mostly worked. *knock wood* at any rate, that's almost 12 hours of my life i'll never get back. the only good thing about it is that if it was going to happen, i'm glad it happened this week, and even today i had a lot of time to devote attention to it. but man, now i'm behind again!