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What is the significance of the file /forcefsck? I understand by creating this file the file system check is enforced during the next reboot. But how does this work?

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For example in the case of Debian it's in this init script: /etc/init.d/checkfs.sh (and /etc/init.d/checkroot.sh, and any of their symbolic links):

if [ -f /forcefsck ] || grep -s -w -i "forcefsck" /proc/cmdline
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Thanks. This pointed me in the right direction. I appreciate it:) – Ramesh Sep 3 '14 at 18:11

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