[CLUG-tech] shutdown -R goes into loop

Alan McKinnon alan at linuxholdings.co.za
Wed Feb 1 14:33:05 SAST 2006

On Wednesday, 1 February 2006 13:15, Stefan Mahs wrote:
> Hi all,
> The other day my laptop ran out of battery power and died.  It
> started up fine but I missed the "Press Y now to check the disks". 
> So I did a shutdown -rF now to reboot and force a fschk.  The
> machine duely shut down and rebooted, did the fsck, said it would
> perform an fsck on next boot and promptly rebooted.  This went on
> indefinitely.
> I eventually I inserted a boot disk and went to rescue mode to
> mount the file system and delete the "/forcefsck".  This solved the
> problem.
> The question is: is there a bug in the bootup sequence?  Why did
> fsck not delete the file after completing?

From man shutdown:
	After that, the boot process should remove /forcefsck.

So, Mdk probably forgot to put this step in their init scripts. Put a 
'rm -f /forcefsck' in rc.local (or whatever they call it these days)

Alan McKinnon
alan at linuxholdings dot co dot za
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