[PLUG] Disk check takes too long to check

Hemant Mohan hmohan at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 00:57:04 PST 2006


I have a Suse 9.x box, with a 80GB IDE HDD and the following partion info for 
Linux (all are ext3) 

/dev/hda5             4.0G  2.1G  1.7G  55% /
/dev/hda3            1012M   45M  916M   5% /boot
/dev/hda12            9.9G  5.6G  3.9G  60% /dumps
/dev/hda10            9.9G  3.2G  6.3G  34% /home
/dev/hda11            9.9G  6.9G  2.5G  74% /home1
/dev/hda15            5.4G   33M  5.1G   1% /local
/dev/hda8             2.0G  365M  1.6G  19% /tmp
/dev/hda6             8.9G  4.4G  4.1G  53% /usr
/dev/hda7             3.0G  148M  2.7G   6% /usr/local
/dev/hda9             2.0G  841M  1.1G  44% /var

Overall there are 15 partitions including partition type 0x0b(vfat) and 
0x4f(QNX) with other OSes installed on them.

During boot into Linux the every 60 days all ext3 partitions undergo a 
consistency check, most likely using fsck.
However, of late the time taken for this consistency check is going on 
increasing.  initially with nearly the same amount of data in all the 
partitions it used to take 5-10 minutes, however this time it took more than 
*10 hours*.

Please suggest any pointers  towards the probable reason and any solutions.

Thanks in advance,
Hemant

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