[systemd-devel] systemd-fsck-root.service without initrd prints ugly message on clean fsck

Kay Sievers kay at vrfy.org
Wed Mar 13 04:50:58 PDT 2013

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:29 AM, Colin Guthrie <gmane at colin.guthr.ie> wrote:
> As I'm doing some initrd-less experiments of late I'm seeing an ugly
> fsck message pop up on boot.
> In systemd-fsck-root.service I see:
> StandardOutput=journal+console
> which results in:
> systemd-fsck[116]: /dev/sda2: clean, 435608/1310720 files,
> 3375994/5242112 blocks
> being output over the top of plymouth screen (and actually persists over
> the initial gdm screen when it fades in).
> While I do get the point of showing this on the console, is there a way
> we can make it silent in the "clean" case?
> Would this be something we'd need push down to all the fsck
> implementations (i.e. support a -q argument or look for "silent" on
> /proc/cmdline) or can we add some kind of fugly heuristic to the
> systemd-fsck that silently swallows the output if it consists of a
> single line which has the string ": clean," and there is "silent" on the
> command line?

It should be patched into the fsck tool, not to print "clean" or any
other messages at all, when all is fine.

I only think the ext stuff does that nonsense; just switch to btrfs. :)


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