strange fsck results

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Sat Dec 27 03:31:04 UTC 2008

reese at writes:

> I am running FreeBSD 6.3 as a VMware virtual server and am getting some 
> strange results when I run fsck.  When I run it in multi-user mode I get 
> quite a few UNREF FILE errors but when I switch to single user mode 
> fsck does not find any errors.  Is this something I need to worry about 
> and if it is how might I try to get fsck to repair them?

When you run fsck in multi-user mode, are you running it on a mounted
filesystem?  In that case, those errors would be perfectly normal, since
the kernel will typically have several file handles open on each
filesystem it mounts.

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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