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Re: Setting FSCKFIX=yes on certain machines

* Bernhard R. Link <brlink@debian.org> [2008-08-15 15:23]:
> * Martin Michlmayr <tbm@cyrius.com> [080814 10:52]:
> > We have to set FSCKFIX=yes in /etc/default/rcS on machines that don't
> > have any I/O devices to follow the boot process, otherwise fsck might
> > prompt the user to press a key and this is not possible.
> >
> > This is mostly needed on NAS devices.  They all have ttyS0 which means
> > that we cannot modify /etc/default/rcS automatically if there's no
> > ttySx.  Instead we have to hard code the specific devices we're aware
> > of that might have ttyS0 (or another output devices) but where users
> > typically don't have a serial console hooked up.
> Why not make this the default for all machines? I think the people that
> can make a informed answer to the questions asked by fsck are a very
> little minority nowadays.
> FSCKFIX=no also (at least on etch, not tested on lenny) also has the
> disadvantage of stopping the boot and needing the root password to
> continue. And when the person with root password arrives, there is
> usually little that can be done but just answering everything
> with yes (or running fsck -y).
> Does anyone know a reason why this should default to no and not be
> changed to yes (still allowing people that do not like it to set it
> back to no)?

Let's add Ted.

Martin Michlmayr

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