Is the dumpe2fs output regarding filesystem state reliable ?

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  • In the KBase article Fsck drops to a maintenance shell at boot(Note in Diagnostic steps), it is said to run fsck even though the filesystem is in clean state. Does this mean that the output of dumpe2fs is unreliable?


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 7

Using the following filesystems:

  • ext2
  • ext3
  • ext4

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