initscripts: 14 minute wait to fsck during boot is too long

Francis Irving francis at
Tue Nov 7 19:21:05 UTC 2006

Package: initscripts
Version: 2.86.ds1-14.1ubuntu16
Severity: important

Every 30th time that I reboot, fsck spends 14 minutes checking the
disk (on a 60G drive). The boot speed in Edgy is otherwise so
fantastic now, that such a long delay becomes noticeable.

Does an ext3 filesystem really need this check at all? I thought
it was journaling, and there should be no need for such a slow check.

If the check really is required, it needs to be made comprehensible to
ordinary users. In particular, the textual description should say what
it is doing in plain English, and ideally it should have a graphical
look to fit the rest of the boot sequence. There should be a button
to cancel the check and boot immediately.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers edgy-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'edgy-updates'), (500, 'edgy-security'), (500, 'edgy')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.17-10-386
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

Versions of packages initscripts depends on:
ii  debianutils        2.16.2                Miscellaneous utilities specific t
ii  e2fsprogs          1.39-1                ext2 file system utilities and lib
ii  libc6              2.4-1ubuntu12         GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  lsb-base           3.1-10ubuntu4         Linux Standard Base 3.1 init scrip
ii  mount              2.12r-11ubuntu2       Tools for mounting and manipulatin
ii  sysvutils          2.86.ds1-14.1ubuntu16 System-V-like utilities

initscripts recommends no packages.

-- no debconf information

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