more on fsck with securelevel

Brooks Davis brooks at
Fri Jun 4 15:22:44 PDT 2004

On Fri, Jun 04, 2004 at 05:05:34PM -0500, J.D. Bronson wrote:
> I did set this in /etc/rc.conf:
> fsck_y_enable="YES"
> But I was wondering if this might be a good idea too:
> (looking at the defaults)
> fsck_y_enable="NO"      # Set to YES to do fsck -y if the initial preen 
> fails.
> background_fsck="YES"   # Attempt to run fsck in the background where 
> possible.
> background_fsck_delay="60" # Time to wait (seconds) before starting the 
> fsck.
> ..might it not be prudent to set 'background_fsck="NO"' when running in 
> secure mode?
> Eventhough I shut down carefully, sometimes it still feels the need to run 
> fsck (even with soft updates)...but when running securelevel, is it 
> actually going to accomplish anything?

I think just setting background_fsck_delay=0 may allow bgfsck to work.
Once fsck has opened the FS, I think it should keep it open and writes
should work.  I'm not 100% sure of that though.

-- Brooks

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