One or Four?

David Brodbeck gull at
Tue Feb 21 19:48:23 UTC 2012

On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 9:26 PM, Erich Dollansky
<erichfreebsdlist at> wrote:
> it will not even boot if there is only a single slice with root and the rest on it if the background fsck cannot be run.
> I have to go to real remote locations once in a while where an USP is not of real help anymore as the USP is not able to charge its battery before the next power failure comes. It happened there some times that the /usr slice needs a foreground check. Of course, all can be fixed.
> I cannot imagine that this would still work if / is on the same slice as the rest of the data.

Why not?  / gets mounted read-only, foreground fsck is run on /, system boots...

Maybe I'm just not understanding the problem here.  I suppose in
theory your root filesystem could be so corrupt that it won't even
mount read-only, but I've never actually seen that happen except in
the case of an outright disk failure.

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