Originally posted by PennyroyalFrog
i got a msg while running e2fsck on my root partition:
"clearing orphaned inode <some inode number>"
what does this mean and is it bad? Also i should add that this only happened one time, and i've mounted/unmounted this filesystem numerous times without an orphaned inode problem occuring during a check before mount.
Nop, it's not bad. It's fsck telling you that it found an inode which contained data belonging to code that no longer existed or that was on a different place. It's an informative message.
The only thing an orphaned inode can do is sitting there uselessly.
Inodes are data structures of the filesystem which contain information about directory structure and data such as pointers to the containt of a filesystem, symlinks, etc...