A program to manage linux filesystem checks
By David M. Balean
This describes dcheck
version 1.1.0 for managing linux filesystem checks. It requires Gtk 3, tune2fs
To install in Ubuntu, download the RPM and
convert it to DEB format using the command:-
$ alien -d
from the command line. The resulting .deb file
can usually be installed by clicking on it with the mouse. To install on a
non-x86_64 compatible system such as i386 or sparc, the tar file will
have to be
downloaded and compiled from scratch.
An rpm spec file is included, so an alternative is to first create an
rpm file from the command line using:-
and then use the alien command on the resulting rpm file.
This is basically a GUI
frontend for tune2fs but only a few options are available. The trigger
for creating this program was that in some Linux distributions it is
not possible to stop a disk check on start-up. If the user has a large
filesystem to be checked - hard disks are now available
measured in Terabytes - the user has to wait a very long time which can
be most inconvenient. This program enables the user to force a specified filesystem check at the next
mount and prevent checks of a specified filesystem. Note that the user has to be root. A GUI frontend to su/sudo is
used for convenience.
is managed by dcheck and the command dcheck is appended to the start-up
sequence then booting prevents further disk checks until the
next time the user decides to have one, using dcheck of course. Without dcheck
in the start-up sequence
the filesystem will be mounted 9998 times before a disk check occurs, otherwise on the next boot-up after the check the 9998 is restored to -1.
the filesystem was not managed by dcheck
the filesystem can be remounted up to the existing maximum number of
times before a further disk check unless the maximum number was 0 or -1
in which case the value is arbitrarily set to 10. However, it does seem to be that if mount-count-dependent checks are disabled by setting the maximum to 0 or -1 then time-dependent checks are also disabled.
The usual place for user commands at start-up is in the file rc.local.
In Fedora this is normally found at /etc/rc.d/rc.local.
In Ubuntu and Debian it is normally at /etc/rc.local.
A pop-up menu is available by right-clicking in any part of the
main window. Also numerous tooltips are provided to help the user.
Change Last Check Window
(size 6684.0KB - source files)
Download dcheck-1.1.0-1.fc18.x86_64.rpm HERE
(size304.6 KB - Fedora 17 binary for x86_64)