reiserfsck - Man Page

The checking tool for the ReiserFS filesystem.


reiserfsck [ -aprVy ] [ --rebuild-sb | --check | --fix-fixable | --rebuild-tree | --clean-attributes ] [ -j | --journal device ] [ -z | --adjust-size ] [ -n | --nolog ] [ -B | --badblocks file ] [ -l | --logfile file ] [ -q | --quiet ] [ -y | --yes ] [ -f | --force ] [ -S | --scan-whole-partition ] [ --no-journal-available ] device


Reiserfsck searches for a Reiserfs filesystem on a device, replays  any necessary transactions, and either checks or repairs the file system.


is the special file corresponding to a device or to a partition (e.g  /dev/hdXX for an IDE disk partition or /dev/sdXX for a SCSI disk partition).



This option recovers the superblock on a Reiserfs partition.  Normally you  only need this option if mount reports "read_super_block: can't find  a reiserfs file system" and you are sure that a Reiserfs file system is  there. But remember that if you have used some partition editor program and  now you cannot find a filesystem, probably something has gone wrong while  repartitioning and the start of the partition has been changed. If so,  instead of rebuilding the super block on a wrong place you should find the  correct start of the partition first.


This default action checks filesystem consistency and reports, but  does not repair any corruption that it finds. This option may be  used on a read-only file system mount.


This option recovers certain kinds of corruption that do not require  rebuilding the entire file system tree (--rebuild-tree). Normally  you only need this option if the --check option reports  "corruption that can be fixed with --fix-fixable". This includes:  zeroing invalid data-block pointers, correcting st_size and st_blocks  for directories, and deleting invalid directory entries.


This option rebuilds the entire filesystem tree using leaf nodes  found on the device.  Normally you only need this option if the  reiserfsck --check reports "Running with --rebuild-tree is required". You are strongly encouraged to make a backup copy  of the whole partition before attempting the --rebuild-tree  option. Once reiserfsck --rebuild-tree is started it must finish its work (and you should not interrupt it), otherwise the filesystem will be left in the unmountable state to avoid subsequent data corruptions.


This option cleans reserved fields of Stat-Data items. There were days when  there were no extended attributes in reiserfs. When they were implemented old  partitions needed to be cleaned first -- reiserfs code in the kernel did not  care about not used fields in its strutures. Thus if you have used one of the  old (pre-attrbutes) kernels with a ReiserFS filesystem and you want to use  extented attribues there, you should clean the filesystem first.

--journal device , -j device

This option supplies the device name of the current file system journal.   This option is required when the journal resides on a separate device  from the main data device (although it can be avoided with the expert option --no-journal-available).

--adjust-size,  -z

This option causes reiserfsck to correct file sizes that are larger than the offset of the last discovered byte.  This implies that holes at the end of a file will be removed.  File sizes that are smaller than the offset of the last discovered byte are corrected by --fix-fixable.

--badblocks file, -B file

This option sets the badblock list to be the list of blocks specified in  the given `file`. The filesystem badblock list is cleared before the new  list is added. It can be used with --fix-fixable to fix the list of  badblocks (see debugreiserfs -B). If the device has bad blocks, every time it must be given with the --rebuild-tree option.

--logfile file, -l file

This option causes reiserfsck to report any corruption it finds  to the specified log file rather than to stderr.

--nolog,  -n

This option prevents reiserfsck from reporting any kinds of corruption.

--quiet,  -q

This option prevents reiserfsck from reporting its rate of progress.

--yes,  -y

This option inhibits reiserfsck from asking you for confirmation after telling you what it is going to do. It will assuem you confirm. For safety,  it does not work with the --rebuild-tree option.

-a,  -p

These options are usually passed by fsck -A during the automatic checking  of those partitions listed in /etc/fstab. These options cause reiserfsck  to print some information about the specified filesystem, to check if error  flags in the superblock are set and to do some light-weight checks. If these  checks reveal a corruption or the flag indicating a (possibly fixable)  corruption is found set in the superblock, then reiserfsck switches  to the fix-fixable mode. If the flag indicating a fatal corruption is found  set in the superblock, then reiserfsck finishes with an error.

--force,  -f

Force checking even if the file system seems clean.


This option prints the reiserfsprogs version and then exit.


This option does nothing at all; it is provided only for backwards compatibility.

Expert Options



This option allows reiserfsck to proceed when the journal device is  not available. This option has no effect when the journal is located on  the main data device. NOTE: after this operation you must use reiserfstune  to specify a new journal device.

--scan-whole-partition,  -S

This option causes --rebuild-tree to scan the whole partition but not only  the used space on the partition.


1. You think something may be wrong with a reiserfs partition on /dev/hda1  or you would just like to perform a periodic disk check.

2. Run reiserfsck --check --logfile check.log /dev/hda1. If reiserfsck  --check exits with status 0 it means no errors were discovered.

3. If reiserfsck --check exits with status 1 (and reports about fixable  corruptions) it means that you should run reiserfsck --fix-fixable --logfile  fixable.log /dev/hda1.

4. If reiserfsck --check exits with status 2 (and reports about fatal  corruptions) it means that you need to run reiserfsck --rebuild-tree.   If reiserfsck --check fails in some way you should also run reiserfsck  --rebuild-tree, but we also encourage you to submit this as a bug report.

5. Before running reiserfsck --rebuild-tree, please make a backup of  the whole partition before proceeding. Then run reiserfsck --rebuild-tree  --logfile rebuild.log /dev/hda1.

6. If the reiserfsck --rebuild-tree step fails or does not recover what  you expected, please submit this as a bug report. Try to provide as much  information as possible including your platform and Linux kernel version. We  will try to help solve the problem.

Exit Codes

reiserfsck uses the following exit codes:
   0 - No errors.
   1 - File system errors corrected.
   2 - Reboot is needed.
   4 - File system fatal errors left uncorrected,
 reiserfsck --rebuild-tree needs to be launched.
   6 - File system fixable errors left uncorrected,
 reiserfsck --fix-fixable needs to be launched.
   8 - Operational error.
   16 - Usage or syntax error.


This version of reiserfsck has been written by Vitaly Fertman <>.


Please report bugs to the ReiserFS developers <>, providing  as much information as possible--your hardware, kernel, patches, settings, all printed  messages, the logfile; check the syslog file for any related information.


Faster recovering, signal handling.

See Also

mkreiserfs(8), reiserfstune(8) resize_reiserfs(8), debugreiserfs(8),

Referenced By

debugreiserfs(8), fsck(8), mkreiserfs(8), reiserfstune(8), resize_reiserfs(8).

The man page fsck.reiserfs(8) is an alias of reiserfsck(8).

January 2009 Reiserfsprogs-3.6.27