Disable file system check at boot time

Bug #369787 reported by Martin Leopold on 2009-04-30
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
sysvinit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: initscripts

I would very much like to see the following feature: a way to disable the filesystem check's at boot time. This could be done for example by adding a command line paramenter to the kernel or similar.

The checkroot.sh and checkfs.sh scripts allready abort file system checks if /fastboot is available, but this requires, that I'm able to boot the system and create the /fastboot file, which may be incovennient or impossible in some cases.

- Martin.

Martin Leopold (martin-leopold) wrote :

This problem can be related to the following two bugs in which forcing a check at boot-time would be advantageous. The above suggestion could be implemented in such a way that the user could force a check or force the check not to occur.


Yann Lossouarn (yann-lossouarn) wrote :


I tried to define a solution that would prevent laptop users from being blocked due to a read-only filesystem, but still allow the fsck sequence to be performed at shutdown time, so that users can quickly boot theier computer...

My suggestion is :

At boot time :
-> Display a timer and ask the user whether he wants to perform a filesystem check (wording TBD...). Default option : no fsck

At shutdown time :
-> test whether a fsck is needed
  If YES -> test whether the computer runs on batteries,
                 if YES ->skip fsck
                 if NO, -> perform fsck
  if NO -> shutdown

Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

Current releases of Ubuntu allow you to interactively skip filesystem checks of any filesystems, which I think addresses this request.

Changed in sysvinit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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