fsck without password?

Todd Lyons tlyons at ivenue.com
Thu Apr 26 09:53:55 CDT 2007


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On Wed, Apr 25, 2007 at 02:52:47PM -0400, David Hubbard wrote:

>Is there a way to set a server, maybe via fstab or
>boot parameter, to let it do an fsck after a dirty
>shutdown without needing the root password and
>only stopping if something that can't be auto-repaired
>requires acknowledgement?

Assuming you use RHEL or CentOS (you didn't state, so I'm guessing):

1) Force a fsck no matter what:
   touch /forcefsck
2) Force a fsck only if appears to "shut down uncleanly":
   echo 'AUTOFSCK_DEF_CHECK=yes' >> /etc/sysconfig/autofsck

FWIW, I simply opened up /etc/rc.sysinit and did a search for fsck and
looked at the script to see what variables/files do what.
- -- 
Regards...		Todd
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