I’ve been using Manjaro XFCE for a while now, although I’m not a very experienced user. I have a problem that I need help with.
My system regularly breaks down, even though I’m not doing anything. I use XFCE mostly for gaming, I don’t think I use any software or anything else to cause it to break. Sometimes it runs clean for 3-4 weeks. But then it breaks. Files get deleted, the system won’t boot, etc. And I have to reinstall the system because I don’t know how to fix the problem. It also regularly asks me to do a manual fsck when booting. I update the system and it breaks. I don’t update and it breaks again. I would appreciate if someone could tell me what could be the problem?
Sounds like your hardware is failing. Check the health status of your disk with tools like GSmartControl or other tool to check the SMART status of the disk. Files don’t get deleted by themselves. System doesn’t break by itself.
Any messages in the journal that may indicate a problem…
If it is storage/hardware, there would be I/O errors specifying the device, etc.
Try one of the below to view the journal (syslog):
# -b: most recent boot (same as -b0), -r: reverse, most current at top
# Uses `less` pager. Use arrows to scroll up and down. 'q' to quit.
journalctl -b -r
# -p: priorty includes emerg" (0), "alert" (1), "crit" (2), "err" (3)
journalctl -b -p3
# -g: grep (search/filter) by pattern
journalctl -b -g 'i/o'
# -f: follow the journal (see messages as they are written). 'ctrl-c to exit'
# Open a terminal and run the command below. Go about your usual activities and
# and keep an eye on the terminal for messages that may indicate a problem.