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Re: [e2fsprogs-1.24] "fsck -A -a" fails on reboot



On Sat, Sep 08, 2001 at 03:17:14AM +0200, Michael Renner wrote:
> >
> > --enable-dangerous-workaround-that-was-there-for-ages-for-stupid-distributions
> 
> goddammit, slackware ain't stupid, its just compact :)
> 
> btw. does anybody know another distribution which just did a fsck -A -a ?

The reason why it's stupid is that you really want to check the exit
status fsck after checking the root, and reboot if the root filesystem
was changed, since otherwise the kernel's in-memory idea of the
filesystem might be different from the corrected disk-version of the
filesystem.

If the Slackware people kvetch about how this is needless complexity
spawned by sysvinit, you can point out to them that this is something
which BSD 4.2 and 4.3 did; it's a "historical" Unix thing, because
it's absolutely needed.  (And since according to Patrick, anything
that BSD 4.2/4.3 did is the one, true way to run a Unix system,
hopefully this appeal to history should sway him, even if legitimate
technical arguments don't move him.  :-)

						- Ted





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