Very slow ext3 fsck

Jeremy Sanders jss at
Mon Feb 26 10:23:47 UTC 2007

Jeremy Sanders wrote:

> We have an ext3 file system which is 3.5TB in size (on top of lvm). Free
> are 172049011 out of 854473728 4096K blocks, and 396540654 out of
> 427245568 inodes. This is using Scientific Linux 4.4 (a RHEL clone). The
> filesystem consists of multiple backups created with rsync using
> --link-dest, which hard links files which haven't been modified to the
> previous copy. There are several hundred days worth of these backups.

Just to say I've also tried with e2fsprogs-1.39 e2fsck and it hangs
indefinitely too :-(


Jeremy Sanders <jss at>
X-Ray Group, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, UK.
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