Description of problem:
initscripts does not support a straight forward mechanism to run a
later quotacheck on even clean partitions.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. install RHEL4
2. create some new partitions
3. mount some new partitions
4. decide to use quota on this (now already used) new partitions
5. extend entries in /etc/fstab
Actual Results: Got quota error message, systen can't start quota
because of missing quota files
Expected Results: rc.sysinit is more smarter, e.g.
1) support file /forcequotacheck
2) check on partitions with quota enabled in /etc/fstab for the quota
files and force quotacheck if not existing (so called initialize)
Created attachment 114987 [details]
/forcequotacheck support in rc.sysinit
This is a proposed solution to this - a patch to /etc/rc.sysinit from Fedora
There is no easy way to enable quotas or force quotacheck because of corrupted
quota files so I think support for /forcequotacheck is needed. It could now
only be done in single user mode - quotacheck remount filesystems readonly,
which is impossible on life system - especially on "/" or "/var". Very hard for
It could be possible to add support for checking quotas of some, not all
filesystems - but I think it is not needed. Also there could be possible to
force quotacheck if a filesystem have quotas enables but no quota files - but
this could trigger everytime for example on XSF filesystem, which does not need
qutacheck should be run automagically when fsck fix a bug on FS because there
will be surely inconsistence (as FS has been modified and quota entries did not).
...my users always complaining after unexpected crashes when fsck has been
succesfully auto-run (and FS has been succesfully fixed). As I have 700+ users
and low quota, some of them are sometimes over the quota even they have empty
homedir and I have to run quotacheck manually in singleuser mode (and walk to
the server's room).
This problem is scheduled to be resolved in the next release of Red Hat
Enterprise Linux. Red Hat does not currently plan to provide a resolution for
this in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux update for currently deployed systems.
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