Comment 14 for bug 556621

On 4/22/2010 12:04 PM, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> I've essentially despaired at this point that we can get people to care
> about setting time and time zones correctly with Linux. :-(
>
> In fact, Scott has basically argued successfully that we need a "clock
> totally broken" option to e2fsck. :-( :-( :-(

Yes, I've seen some of that. If the clock really is totally broken then
a sane recovery from this situation may not be possible. As long as the
clock at least is never set to a value < the fs creation time, it should
not be a problem though. Maybe these systems with broken clocks could
at least set them to the creation time of the root fs when mounting?

If they do that, then any inodes created since the fs would at least
have a ctime after the fs creation timestamp, and therefore you could
identify inodes left over from before mkfs and ignore them.