Checking filesystems periodically

Mikus Grinbergs mikus at
Fri May 4 14:46:28 EDT 2012

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 2:55 AM, Anish Mangal<anish at> 
>  I am curious to know why we are not periodically checking file systems
>  after every N boots on the XO laptop.

I think the question is:  "Should functions which affect the 'system' be 
performed automatically, or should they be explicitly invoked ?"

The currently-existing OLPC precedent is the 'Software updates' facility 
-- which gets invoked manually to check whether the system's Activities 
are up-to-date.  My suggestion is to package the required software 
(fsck?) into a new 'Check system' facility - and add an icon for that 
new facility to the 'My Settings' panel - then the user who invokes it 
will know why his XO is "tied up" for a while.  [The local XO-laptop 
distributing organization can publish guidelines as to how often such a 
'Check system' facility ought to be used.]


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