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I'd like to force a verbose fsck on reboot of my Ubuntu linux server, I can get fsck to run on reboot by creating a file /forcefsck in my root dir ...

Additionally, by adding a y into the contents of the /forcefsck file my server will (properly) run fsck on reboot without any user interaction but every time I reboot (and let the auto fsck run) and then do ...

fsck -nvf /dev/somedisk

I still have the disk errors I had before, I even tried putting yvf in the text of the /forcefsck file with no luck.

Is there a simple way for me to force a verbose fsck on reboot?

Note: I've watched the fsck running at reboot and it does not come up with the same errors I get when I run fsck -nvf /dev/somedisk ?

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I'd be much more worried about why a fsck is required on each boot. – vonbrand Feb 6 '13 at 19:05
It's not needed on each boot, I'm trying to run it once ... but on the root filesystem before it gets mounted. – Justin Jenkins Feb 6 '13 at 19:38
Are you trying to fsck a mounted partition [no-no]? If not (as a one off), why do you need to reboot to do it ? Is the solution you are looking for maybe to get a command prompt before the drive is mounted RW so you can check and repair it interactively ? (If so, when booting, go into LILO/GRUB and append "init=/bin/bash" to your kernel line (and make sure the letters " ro " are there somewhere - which should be the default - to make sure its mounted read-only. – davidgo Feb 8 '13 at 8:57
I need to fsck the root file system before it gets mounted by the OS ... – Justin Jenkins Feb 8 '13 at 21:53

One solution is to boot from usb/cd and run fsck from there without the hd mounted.

As for why you see different output, have a look at the accepted answer to this question. Basically, using the -n option of fsck on mounted file systems produces unreliable results.

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Thanks, but that's not really an option as this is a VPS. – Justin Jenkins Jul 12 '13 at 5:34

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