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fsck – Check & Repair Unix and Linux File Systems

Learn about fsck modes, fsck phases & fsck errors messages, their explanation along with some suggested course of action to successfully repair unix, Linux file system.

fsck, file system consistency check, is a system utilty in Unix, Linux and other Unix like systems for checking and repairing file system inconsistencies.

File system can become inconsistent due to several reasons and the most common is abnormal shutdown due to hardware failure, power failure or switching off the system without proper shutdown. Due to these reasons the superblock in a file system is not updated and has mismatched information relating to system data blocks, free blocks and inodes.

fsck in Linux

fsck in this document is refered with reference to ufs file system but it can be used in Linux systems as

fsck -t ext2 /dev/sda3
or
fsck.ext2 /dev/sda3
fsck.ext4 /dev/sda3
fsck.ext3 /dev/sda3

it returns with any of the followig code

0 – No errors
1 – File system errors corrected
2 – System should be rebooted
4 – File system errors left uncorrected
8 – Operational error
16 – Usage or syntax error
32 – Fsck canceled by user request
128 – Shared library error

fsck checks the file systems defined in /etc/fstab in Linux and /etc/vfstab in Unix systems