fsck to fix HD problem

RW fbsd06 at mlists.homeunix.com
Wed Jul 25 20:58:36 UTC 2007

On Wed, 25 Jul 2007 07:50:38 +0200
Zbigniew Szalbot <zbigniew at szalbot.homedns.org> wrote:

> Hello,
> >> so I decided to use fsck to check my HD. I ran it
> >> in the foreground mode with the -y flag. It gives me the below
> >> information. My question is - should I worry (it is more a home
> >> machine than a real server) and if yes, how can I fix the problem?
> > . . .
> > 
> > To do anything more than merely report problems
> > you should drop into single-user mode, unmount
> > everything except root (hopefully.  If it gets angry,
> > reboot into single-user mode.) and run fsck (as is
> > or with the -y flag if you feel daring.) on the filesystems
> > in question.
> Is the single-user mode necessary. As it is a family machine I know
> when I am the only one using it.

The fsck output was the normal stuff you see if you pull-out the plug
(if you're lucky). Did you check if the background fsck was still

In practice you rarely need to do do a manual check - most reboots can
be handled by a background check, and most cases where it can't are
spotted during the initial foreground check and done in the foreground.
Just watch the console for unexpected softupdate inconsistencies.

If you run fsck with -y, you might as well set "fsck_y_enable=yes" in
rc.conf and have it done automatically if the initial preen fails.


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