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Old 05-03-2006, 05:07 AM   #1
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This may be a noobish question but this summer only makes a year I've been using Linux so I'm still learning. Upon boot (in verbose mode) I see the message (2.3% non-contiguous) when it mounts my root partition. What does this mean? Is it a bad thing?
Old 05-03-2006, 05:20 AM   #2
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i assume this is after fsck has checked your file system....

what file system are you using?

maybe there are a few bad sectors on your disk....
Old 05-03-2006, 05:24 AM   #3
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I don't think there are any bad sectors, but I just had a close call with a program called Explore2fs messing up my root partition. I'm using ext3 and yes I just had to boot into runlevel 3 and run fsck to fix a whole world of errors from trying to use that little program to see the contents of my Linux drive from inside Windows. Is the non-contiguous message a bad thing, and if so can it be fixed?

Edit: Everything is working perfect now, no noticable space missing from my hard drive.
Old 05-03-2006, 08:14 AM   #4
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(2-3% non-contiguous) message is telling you how files are being stored on the filesystem.
On most linux filesystems, files are stored in a continuous ording, not stored fragmented over the drive as in Windows.
Therefore on linux you do not need to defragment drives.
This is a normal informational message and is nothing to worry about.


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