fsck on boot is major usability issue

Jonathan Musther jmusther at gmail.com
Thu Dec 20 20:44:32 UTC 2007

I've spent a lot of time looking for the reasoning behind still doing the
checks, all I've found is anecdotal evidence, some people say they have
first hand experience of errors creeping in, which were then fixed by fsck.
On the other hand some people, although a small number, have turned them off
with no apparent trouble.  I would very much like to hear from somebody on
the ext3 team about this.

I'm not against simply disabling the checks on principle, but I would want
to be confident that it wasn't going to cause problems.

On Dec 21, 2007 9:31 AM, Phillip Susi <psusi at cfl.rr.com> wrote:

> Jonathan Musther wrote:
> > Hi,
> >   I'm new to this list, I joined it because I saw in the archive that
> > recently you were discussing the problem with running fsck on boot as a
> > 'just in case' filesystem check.  I joined the list because I'm the
> author
> > of AutoFsck, the script you discussed which effectively moves fsck to
> > shutdown, and asks the user before it is run.
> I still say we should just disable the checks entirely.  No other
> filesystem still does this nonsense.  It's just a holdover from ext2,
> which had it as a leftover from ext, which had it out of convention from
> minix, which did it as purely pedantic ( or did it actually perform some
> maintenance then that needed done periodically?  I can't remember ).
> On the other hand, your solution looks like a great improvement.

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