Question about forcing fsck at boottime

Polytropon freebsd at
Tue Mar 31 12:06:57 PDT 2009

On Tue, 31 Mar 2009 18:57:21 +0200 (CEST), Oliver Fromme <olli at> wrote:
> Google "background fsck damage".
> I was bitten by it myself, and I also recommend to turn
> background fsck off.  If your disks are large and you
> can't afford the fsck time, consider using ZFS, which
> has a lot of benefits besides not requiring fsck.

You can always ask yourself: "What is more important, the
boot-up time or my data?" In any case, I'd recommend to
emphasize the importance of the data, so even with larger
UFS disks, it's okay to wait a bit, but then be sure that
nothing is damaged.

Furthermore, I agree with the recommendation of ZFS. If your
hardware is good enough (which shouldn't be a problem today),
ZFS handles possible data damages much better and faster.

>From Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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