This could sound like a rather obvious question, but we all know that soft-checking of any partition is sometimes a need, and we perform it in cases like unstabilities found, lost files or (mandatorily) on power outages.

But I think it could be good to know the fundamentals (the reason) of software checking the most important partition: the root file system.

So my questions are:

  • Why (when) could I need to perform a fsck on my root file system?
  • What are the symptoms that show a fsck must be performed?
  • Are all answers the same for root and non-root partitions?

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