Minutes from the Technical Board, 2008-07-15

Mackenzie Morgan macoafi at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 21:39:15 UTC 2008

On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 5:32 PM, Andrew Sayers
<andrew-ubuntu-devel at pileofstuff.org> wrote:
> I think there's an elephant in this room - why are we running fsck at all?
> b) If it's to check for dying hardware[1], it can be disabled for all
> but the oldest hard drives[2], and even then is better replaced with a
> badblocks check run while booting continues

Define "oldest," please.  I actually think SMART (and a GUI to handle
it, if one doesn't exist) is rather important.  Bad Blocks may not
tell you much nowadays, but SMART can tell you when sectors have been
reallocated, hinting at a dying drive.  The disk I replaced in January
after SMART flagged it was 18 months old.

Mackenzie Morgan
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