2GB memory limit running fsck on a +6TB device

Theodore Tso tytso at mit.edu
Tue Jun 10 18:38:55 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jun 10, 2008 at 05:34:35PM +0200, santi at usansolo.net wrote:
> fsck.ext3 started 4 hours ago, and still is in "Pass 1: Checking inodes,
> blocks, and sizes", that's normal knowing that the filesystem has +113
> million inodes?

It depends on a lot of things; how big are your files on average, the
speed of your hard drive, and whether /var/cache/e2fsck is on the same
disk as the partition which you are checking, or on a separate spindle
(guess which is better :-).

It's always a good idea when running e2fsck (aka fsck.ext3) directly
and/or on a terminal/console to include as command-line options "-C
0".  This will display a progress bar, so you can gauge how it is
doing.  (0 through 70% is pass 1, which requires scanning the inode
table and following all of the indirect blocks.)

						- Ted

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