regular fsck runs are too disturbing

John Dong john.dong at
Wed Oct 10 14:17:27 UTC 2007

A partial check doesn't make sense with the current fsck tools AFAIK. We
should do a full filesystem check if anything, and if a user decides to abort
it, it's his choice.

There should be a graphical or otherwise easily accessible way of re-touching
the /forcefsck flag so that users can choose which bootup to do a check on.
Another "idea" is on LVM-capable systems to take a snapshot of important
filesystems while they are unmounted or read-only then fsck the snapshot
device as a background task. If any serious errors are detected in the
snapshot, then schedule an uncancelable boot scan.

I agree with everyone who says that the current fsck experience is a blemish
to Ubuntu's general user-friendliness, and also that we should not be entirely
removing the regular fsck as it catches hardware irregularities and potential
software bugs with ext3.


On Wed, Oct 10, 2007 at 01:25:54PM +0200, Vincenzo Ciancia wrote:
> Problem is that users will just skip the test, and get tired of "having"
> to skip the test each time. Perhaps an alternative would be to check
> only a part of the filesystem (e.g. randomly choosen) each time, but I
> don't know enough about filesystem (even though I should :) ) to say
> it's impossible or feasible.
> Vincenzo
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