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Old 12-27-2004, 08:14 AM   #1
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Question Run fsck regularly?

I've been running a personal Debian Linux server for a couple of years now. I've noticed that whenever I reboot after a long uptime (at least a month), fsck runs and fixes a few minor problems on the disk. And I'm talking a soft reboot here, not a hard powercycle.

This has got me wondering whether I should reboot every month or so, just to have fsck run as a preventive measure. I have no reason to otherwise, and there have been no disk or filesystem-related problems with my machine that I could detect. I like having long uptimes (my longest was over a year before a kernel upgrade "ruined" the record), but at the same time I don't want creeping data problems to eventually bring my machine down either, especially since I'm planning to set up a forum and some other things that will cause the disks to work harder than they've been before.

So, what do my fellow Linux experts think? Reboot regularly to run fsck as a preventive measure, or don't worry about it? Do any of you do that?
Old 12-27-2004, 08:36 AM   #2
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I only boot or reboot when I need to, just like in your case. The few errors every so often I wouldn't worry about. But if it starts finding more and more and being more constant, could just be your drive itself, starting to give out slowly.


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