SUMMARY: automatic fsck -y at boot?

From: Peterman, Timothy P (
Date: Wed Sep 06 2000 - 08:45:46 CDT

original post:
> I have a SunOS 5.5.1 Ultra 2 system that is prone to
> frequent STOP-As and reboots by the user community
> (for reasons to ridiculous to go into here). This causes
> the system to need a "fsck" more often than I'd like - it
> is becoming a bit of a nuisance. Does anyone know of a
> way to make the system run "fsck -y" at bootup time, or
> know of any other ways to alleviate this problem?

I received several suggestions:

1. Disable Stop-A, and/or adopt a "zero tolerance" policy
for users who interrupt or power cycle their workstations.

2. Add "fsck -y" to /etc/init.d/MOUNTFSYS right before the
"mountall -l".

3. Modify "foptions" in the /sbin/rcS script to add the "-y"
option for ufs file systems.

4. Upgrade to Solaris 7 or 8 and enable "UFS Logging".
Details about this are in the man pages for mount_ufs(1M).

For the short term I am going to try option 2 or 3. For the
long term I will look into option 4, which sounds like it should
eliminate the problem completely. Option 1 is sensible idea,
but is not practical in this particular computing environment.

Thanks to: Buddy Lumpkin, Michael Sullivan, Tom Crummey
Sanjaya Srivastava,, Jay Lessert, Alex
Stepney, & Roberto Wagner

Tim Peterman - Unix & Web Server Administration
Lockheed Martin EIS/NE&SS, Moorestown, NJ

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