quotacheck(8)                System Manager's Manual               quotacheck(8)

       quotacheck - scan a filesystem for disk usage, create, check and repair
       quota files

       quotacheck [ -gubcfinvdMmR ] [ -F quota-format ] -a | filesystem

       quotacheck examines each filesystem, builds a table of current disk
       usage, and compares this table against that recorded in the disk quota
       file for the filesystem (this step is omitted if option -c is specified).
       If any inconsistencies are detected, both the quota file and the current
       system copy of the incorrect quotas are updated (the latter only occurs
       if an active filesystem is checked which is not advised).  By default,
       only user quotas are checked.  quotacheck expects each filesystem to be
       checked to have quota files named [a]quota.user and [a]quota.group
       located at the root of the associated filesystem.  If a file is not
       present, quotacheck will create it.

       If the quota file is corrupted, quotacheck tries to save as much data as
       possible.  Rescuing data may need user intervention. With no additional
       options quotacheck will simply exit in such a situation. When in
       interactive mode (option -i) , the user is asked for advice. Advice can
       also be provided from command line (see option -n) , which is useful when
       quotacheck is run automatically (ie. from script) and failure is

       quotacheck should be run each time the system boots and mounts non-valid
       filesystems.  This is most likely to happen after a system crash.

       It is strongly recommended to run quotacheck with quotas turned off for
       the filesystem. Otherwise, possible damage or loss to data in the quota
       files can result.  It is also unwise to run quotacheck on a live
       filesystem as actual usage may change during the scan.  To prevent this,
       quotacheck tries to remount the filesystem read-only before starting the
       scan.  After the scan is done it remounts the filesystem read-write. You
       can disable this with option -m.  You can also make quotacheck ignore the
       failure to remount the filesystem read-only with option -M.

       -b, --backup
              Forces quotacheck to make backups of the quota file before writing
              the new data.

       -v, --verbose
              quotacheck reports its operation as it progresses.  Normally it
              operates silently.  If the option is specified twice, also the
              current directory is printed (note that printing can slow down the
              scan measurably).

       -d, --debug
              Enable debugging mode.  It will result in a lot of information
              which can be used in debugging the program. The output is very
              verbose and the scan will be slow.

       -u, --user
              Only user quotas listed in /etc/mtab or on the filesystems
              specified are to be checked.  This is the default action.

       -g, --group
              Only group quotas listed in /etc/mtab or on the filesystems
              specified are to be checked.

       -c, --create-files
              Don't read existing quota files. Just perform a new scan and save
              it to disk.  quotacheck also skips scanning of old quota files
              when they are not found.

       -f, --force
              Forces checking and writing of new quota files on filesystems with
              quotas enabled. This is not recommended as the created quota files
              may be out of sync.

       -M, --try-remount
              This flag forces checking of filesystem in read-write mode if a
              remount fails. Do this only when you are sure no process will
              write to a filesystem while scanning.

       -m, --no-remount
              Don't try to remount filesystem read-only. See comment with option

       -i, --interactive
              Interactive mode. By default quotacheck exits when it finds an
              error. In interactive mode user is asked for input instead.  See
              option -n.

       -n, --use-first-dquot
              If the quota files become corrupted, it is possible for duplicate
              entries for a single user or group ID to exist.  Normally in this
              case, quotacheck exits or asks user for input. When this option is
              set, the first entry found is always used (this option works in
              interactive mode too).

       -F, --format=format-name
              Check and fix quota files of specified format (ie. don't perform
              format auto-detection). This is recommended as detection might not
              work well on corrupted quota files.  Possible format names are:
              vfsold Original quota format with 16-bit UIDs / GIDs, vfsv0 Quota
              format with 32-bit UIDs / GIDs, 64-bit space usage, 32-bit inode
              usage and limits, vfsv1 Quota format with 64-bit quota limits and
              usage, rpc (quota over NFS), xfs (quota on XFS filesystem)

       -a, --all
              Check all mounted non-NFS filesystems in /etc/mtab

       -R, --exclude-root
              When used together with the -a option, all filesystems except for
              the root filesystem are checked for quotas.

       quotacheck should only be run by super-user. Non-privileged users are
       presumably not allowed to read all the directories on the given

       quota(1), quotactl(2), fstab(5), quotaon(8), repquota(8),
       convertquota(8), setquota(8), edquota(8), fsck(8), efsck(8), e2fsck(8),

       aquota.user or aquota.group
                      located at filesystem root with quotas (version 2 quota,
                      non-XFS filesystems)
       quota.user or quota.group
                      located at filesystem root with quotas (version 1 quota,
                      non-XFS filesystems)
       /etc/mtab      names and locations of mounted filesystems
       Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
       Based on old quotacheck by:
       Edvard Tuinder <ed@elm.net>
       Marco van Wieringen <mvw@planets.elm.net>

                                 Fri Jul 20 2001                   quotacheck(8)