Very slow ext3 fsck

Theodore Tso tytso at
Mon Feb 26 13:07:06 UTC 2007

On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 10:23:47AM +0000, Jeremy Sanders wrote:
> 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 :-(

What output do you see from e2fsck if you manually run it?

						- Ted

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