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I have a volume on my server that according to tune2fs is "clean with errors", so i'm assuming I either need to unmount the volume and e2fsck it, or reboot and drop into maintenance mode and do it. There aren't any live samba shares off that volume, so i'm thinking I could do it without taking the server down, as this server is only for samba shares, which are on a different volume.
Could someone tell me if I'm taking the right approach? I've never done unmounting and mounting before, but I've read it can be done manually without affecting how the volumes are mounted when a server starts. i'll have to look up the commands.
It is best to bring your server down then boot into a single user mode. Either by passing the parameter or use a LiveCD/InstallCD to boot. This will insure there are no conflicts. Perform the maintenance and return the server to service after everything is good to go.
I plan on doing that tomorrow morning for my volume that has the live samaba shares on it, but was hoping there was a way to do it with that other volume beforehand to cut my downtime down. is that not an option, or a really bad idea?
Any potential access can create problems. That's why you boot to single user mode.
How big are the filesystems? Maintenance downtime should be look at as essential time not a nuisance or inconvenience. Better to snap things at the head than wait and have issues.