View Full Version : [ubuntu] fsck (I clearly don't know what I'm doing)

August 11th, 2008, 08:12 PM
Someone mentioned running fsck to do a disk check in Ubuntu. So, I opened up my handy little terminal, typed fsck, and got this:

beth@grumpy-laptop:~$ fsck
fsck 1.40.8 (13-Mar-2008)
fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve 'UUID=96f613e0-1371-4b81-860e-9bfa6ab5f983'

I read the manual page for fsck, but I still can't figure out what's going on. Can anyone explain this to me?

August 11th, 2008, 08:21 PM

August 11th, 2008, 08:24 PM
It's generally a bad idea to run fsck on a mounted filesystem (which is why it fires up automatically after 30 or so reboots BEFORE mounting the drive)

You're getting that error because you're not running it as root; i.e. sudo fsck
UUID is the unique identifier of the hard drive (if I recall correctly).

The best thing to do is to fire up a liveCD and run it from there.

August 11th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Thanks... As I thought, I had no idea what I was even trying to do. :) I'm still used to the way this sort of thing works in Windows.