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Manual Reference Pages  - FSCK (8)

NAME

fsck - file system consistency check and interactive repair

CONTENTS

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SYNOPSIS

fsck [-dfnpvy] [-B-| -F ] [-T fstype: fsoptions] [-t fstype] [special | node...]

DESCRIPTION

The fsck utility invokes file system-specific programs to check the special devices listed in the fstab(5) file or in the command line for consistency.

It is normally used in the script /etc/rc during automatic reboot. Traditionally, fsck is invoked before the file systems are mounted and all checks are done to completion at that time. If background checking is available, fsck is invoked twice. It is first invoked at the traditional time, before the file systems are mounted, with the -F flag to do checking on all the file systems that cannot do background checking. It is then invoked a second time, after the system has completed going multiuser, with the -B flag to do checking on all the file systems that can do background checking. Unlike the foreground checking, the background checking is started asynchronously so that other system activity can proceed even on the file systems that are being checked.

If no file systems are specified, fsck reads the table /etc/fstab to determine which file systems to check. Only partitions in /etc/fstab that are mounted "rw", "rq" or "ro" and that have non-zero pass number are checked. File systems with pass number 1 (normally just the root file system) are always checked one at a time.

If not in preen mode, the remaining entries are checked in order of increasing pass number one at a time. This is needed when interaction with fsck is required.

In preen mode, after pass 1 completes, all remaining file systems are checked, in pass number order running one process per disk drive in parallel for each pass number in increasing order.

In other words: In preen mode all pass 1 partitions are checked sequentially. Next all pass 2 partitions are checked in parallel, one process per disk drive. Next all pass 3 partitions are checked in parallel, one process per disk drive. etc.

The disk drive containing each file system is inferred from the shortest prefix of the device name that ends in a digit; the remaining characters are assumed to be the partition and slice designators.

The options are as follows:
-d Debugging mode. Just print the commands without executing them. Available only if fsck is compiled to support it.
-f Force checking of file systems, even when they are marked clean (for file systems that support this).
-n Causes fsck to assume no as the answer to all operator questions, except "CONTINUE?".
-p Enter preen mode. In preen mode, only a restricted class of innocuous file system inconsistencies will be corrected. If unexpected inconsistencies caused by hardware or software failures are encountered, the check program will exit with a failure. See the manual pages for the individual check programs for a list of the sorts of failures that they correct when running in preen mode.
-F Run in foreground mode. The check program for each file system is invoked with the -F flag to determine whether it wishes to run as part of the boot up sequence, or if it is able to do its job in background after the system is up and running. A non-zero exit code indicates that it wants to run in foreground and the check program is invoked. A zero exit code indicates that it is able to run later in background and just a deferred message is printed.
-B Run in background mode. The check program for each file system is invoked with the -F flag to determine whether it wishes to run as part of the boot up sequence, or if it is able to do its job in background after the system is up and running. A non-zero exit code indicates that it wanted to run in foreground which is assumed to have been done, so the file system is skipped. A zero exit code indicates that it is able to run in background so the check program is invoked with the -B flag to indicate that a check on the active file system should be done. When running in background mode, only one file system at a time will be checked.
-t fstype
  Invoke fsck only for the comma separated list of file system types. If the list starts with "no" then invoke fsck for the file system types that are not specified in the list.
-v Print the commands before executing them.
-y Causes fsck to assume yes as the answer to all operator questions.
-T fstype: fsoptions
  List of comma separated file system specific options for the specified file system type, in the same format as mount(8).

FILES

/etc/fstab
  file system table

SEE ALSO

fstab(5), fsck_ffs(8), fsck_msdosfs(8), mount(8)
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April 25, 2001 FSCK (8)

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