using fsck -y

yanges

MacHead
apple's G5 support site says to use the install disk and use disk utility when Tiger is the installed OS rather than booting the computer into terminal mode and using fsck -y to check and repair hard drive?

why is it not Ok to do it directly from the boot method?

Thanks!
 

ElDiabloConCaca

U.S.D.A. Prime
You can still use fsck -y in single-user mode, but there are even files that fsck -y can't modify. Single-user mode is a stripped-down boot mode, and there are still files in use that cannot be modified.

By booting from the OS X install CD, you guarantee that all files on the hard drive will not be in use, and it can perform a more "thorough" repair.
 

yanges

MacHead
ElDiabloConCaca said:
You can still use fsck -y in single-user mode, but there are even files that fsck -y can't modify. Single-user mode is a stripped-down boot mode, and there are still files in use that cannot be modified.

By booting from the OS X install CD, you guarantee that all files on the hard drive will not be in use, and it can perform a more "thorough" repair.

Thanks for the info!

occasionally i see it listed as sbin/fsck -y or something to that effect...

is just using fsck -y sufficient?
 

ElDiabloConCaca

U.S.D.A. Prime
"sbin/fsck -y" is just executing the fsck program in the sbin folder.

"fsck -y" will use whatever fsck program falls under the PATH definition for the shell. I think the default is sbin, so "sbin/fsck -y" is probably redundant.
 
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