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Re: unchecked 31 times

On Mon, 01 Dec 2003 11:17:42 -0700, Monique Y. Herman wrote:

> On Mon, 01 Dec 2003 at 16:55 GMT, Alan Shutko penned:
>> Nick Welch <mack@incise.org> writes:
>>> I suppose mke2fs(8) is where that comes from specifically.  Easy to
>>> disable the periodic checks, though:
>>> tune2fs -i 0 -c 0 /dev/hda6
>> That's a very bad idea.  As the manpage says:
>>     You should strongly consider the consequences of disabling
>>     mount-count-dependent checking entirely.  Bad disk drives, cables,
>>     memory, and kernel bugs could all corrupt a filesystem without
>>     marking the filesystem dirty or in error.  If you are using
>>     journaling on your filesystem, your filesystem will never be
>>     marked dirty, so it will not normally be checked.  A filesystem
>>     error detected by the kernel will still force an fsck on the next
>>     reboot, but it may already be too late to prevent data loss at
>>     that point.
> Wait, wait; I'm confused.  I thought one of the perks of running a
> journalling file system was that you can speed up the boot process by
> disabling boot-time fsck?

He didn't say he was running ext3.  If he is, you're right.  I tested ext3
when I moved to it by powering down my machine when several writes were
going on.  I never did break it.

To be fair, I did the same kind of testing on WinXP's NTFS, and I didn't
break that either.


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