No message when fsck is running at boot

Michael Biebl biebl at
Wed Aug 29 17:59:54 BST 2018

On 8/29/18 18:39, Camaleón wrote:
> El 2018-08-15 a las 08:03 +0200, Camaleón escribió:
>> El 2018-08-03 a las 17:24 +0200, Camaleón escribió:
>>> El 2018-08-03 a las 16:30 +0200, Andreas Henriksson escribió:
>>>> On Sun, Jul 08, 2018 at 07:25:34PM +0200, Camaleón wrote:
>>>>> Package: util-linux
>>>>> Version: 2.29.2-1
>>>>> On Debian Wheezy, when fsck was run at boot, it displayed a message and 
>>>>> progress bar with percentage done.
>>>>> Today, on Debian Strech, I just got an intermitent cursor and a black 
>>>>> screen, no more no less, no other message was present, so I had to 
>>>>> "reisub" to restart the system thinking something went wrong. This time 
>>>>> I removed "quiet" from GRUB's menu and now fsck message and percentage 
>>>>> was displayed as usual.
>>>>> This is the first time this happens so it could have been a puntual 
>>>>> glitch but I prefer to point this out and if needed, recap more 
>>>>> information about it (not sure what logs to check).
>>>> This is not a problem with fsck itself, but whatever is launching it.
>>>> In todays age the bootup phase is heavily parallelled. If you want
>>>> to present anything meaningful to the user which isn't completely
>>>> scrambled you need some kind of message aggregator. You can use
>>>> plymouth for that as an example.
>>> I will keep an eye over this. 
>>> Should "fsck" (or any other program/task) is running in background and 
>>> preventing/delaying system start up, a message should be displayed to 
>>> tell the user, that's a must. No additional fancy boot splash should be 
>>> needed for this at all (just think on non-GUI servers or non KMS enabled 
>>> systems and so).

Aside from what Andreas already said, please read

about the misconception that plymouth is "only" a fancy boot splash.

Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

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