REISERFSCK(8) System Manager's Manual REISERFSCK(8)
reiserfsck - check a Linux Reiserfs file system
reiserfsck [ -afprVy ] [ --check | --fix-fixable | --rebuild-sb | --rebuild-tree | --clean-attributes ] [ -j | --journal-device device ] [
--no-journal-available ] [ -z | --adjust-file-size ] [ -S | --scan-whole-partition ] [ -l | --logfile filename ] [ -n | --nolog ] [ -q |
--quiet ] device
Reiserfsck searches for a Reiserfs filesystem on a device, replays any necessary transactions, and either checks or repairs the file sys-
device is the special file corresponding to the device or partition (e.g /dev/hdXX for IDE disk partition or /dev/sdXX for SCSI disk parti-
This default action checks file system consistency and reports but does not repair any corruption that it finds. This option may be
used on a read-only file system mount. The --check option exits with status 0 to indicate that no corruption was found. Otherwise,
reiserfsck returns 1 to indicate corruption that can be fixed with --fix-fixable and 2 to indicate corruption that requires
This option recovers certain kinds of corruption that do not require rebuilding the entire file system tree (--rebuild-tree). Nor-
mally you only need this option if the --check option reports "corruption that can be fixed with --fix-fixable". This includes:
zeroing invalid data-block pointers, correcting st_size and st_blocks for directories, and deleting invalid directory entries.
This option recovers the superblock on a Reiserfs partition. Normally you only need this option if mount reports "read_super_block:
can't find a reiserfs file system" and you are sure that a Reiserfs file system is there.
This option rebuilds the entire file system tree using leaf nodes found on the device. Normally you only need this option if the
--check option reports "corruption that can be fixed only during --rebuild-tree". You are strongly encouraged to make a backup copy
of the whole partition before attempting the --rebuild-tree option.
This option cleans reserved fields of Stat-Data items.
--journal-device device , -j device
This option supplies the device name of the current file system journal. This option is required when the journal resides on a sep-
arate device from the main data device (although it can be avoided with the expert option --no-journal-available).
This option causes reiserfsck to correct file sizes that are larger than the offset of the last discovered byte. This implies that
holes at the end of a file will be removed. File sizes that are smaller than the offset of the last discovered byte are corrected
--logfile filename, -l filename
This option causes reiserfsck to report any corruption it finds to the specified log file rather than stderr.
This option prevents reiserfsck from reporting any kinds of corruption.
This option prevents reiserfsck from reporting its rate of progress.
-a, -p These options are usually passed by fsck -A during the automatic checking of /etc/fstab partitions. For compatibility, these
options simply cause reiserfsck to print information about the specified file system. No checks are performed. When it is set -
reiserfsck assumes that it is called by fsck -A, provides some information about the specified filesystem and exits.
-V This option prints the reiserfsprogs version and exit.
-r, -p, -y
These options are ignored.
-V, -f prints version and exits
DO NOT USE THESE OPTIONS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOU LOSE DATA AS A RESULT OF THESE OPTIONS.
This option allows reiserfsck to proceed when the journal device is not available. This option has no effect when the journal is
located on the main data device. NOTE: after this operation you must use reiserfstune to specify a new journal device.
This option causes --rebuild-tree to scan the whole partition, not only used space on the partition.
EXAMPLE OF USING
1. You think something may be wrong with a reiserfs partition on /dev/hda1 or you would just like to perform a periodic disk check.
2. Run reiserfsck --check --logfile check.log /dev/hda1. If reiserfsck --check exits with status 0 it means no errors were discovered.
3. If reiserfsck --check exits with status 1 (and reports about fixable corruptions) it means that you should run reiserfsck --fix-fixable
--logfile fixable.log /dev/hda1.
4. If reiserfsck --check exits with status 2 (and reports about fatal corruptions) it means that you need to run reiserfsck --rebuild-tree.
If reiserfsck --check fails in some way you should also run reiserfsck --rebuild-tree, but we also encourage you to submit this as a bug
5. Before running reiserfsck --rebuild-tree, please make a backup of the whole partition before proceeding. Then run reiserfsck --rebuild-
tree --logfile rebuild.log /dev/hda1.
6. If the --rebuild-tree step fails or does not recover what you expected, please submit this as a bug report. Try to provide as much
information as possible and we will try to help solve the problem. SH EXIT CODES eiserfsck uses the following exit codes:
0 - No errors.
1 - Errors found, esierfsck --fix-fixable needs to be launched.
2 - Errors found, esierfsck --rebuild-tree needs to be launched.
8 - Operational error.
16 - Usage or syntax error.
This version of reiserfsck has been written by Vitaly Fertman <firstname.lastname@example.org> and Vladimir Saveliev <email@example.com>.
There are likely to be some bugs. Please report bugs to the ReiserFS mail-list <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Faster recovering, signal handling, i/o error handling, return reasonable exit codes, etc.
mkreiserfs(8), debugreiserfs(8), reiserfstune(8)
Reiserfsprogs-3.6.4 January 2002 REISERFSCK(8)