What happens when I press Ctrl+C when e2fsck running ?

  1. will it go to command prompt ? or

  2. it will reboot & then the server again goes to fsck ?

Reason Why I want ? I want the server to up & running, As my server was down for more than 1 day. enter image description here Current status of my server.

Note: I understand that, We should not interrupt the running fsck but I want to make the server up & running, Later I will move to new server.


In CentOS, When I press Ctrl+C, It takes me to the command prompt after some time. (It may be the case with other Linux)

Additional information.... (may be helpful for others)

My objective was to reboot the server without fsck and make the system up & running on priority, (Not bothered about file system issue).

  1. I mounted the file system on rw (mount -o rw,remount /)
  2. rebooted the system without fsck on next boot. Can be done by,

    a) by editing the last param to 0 in /etc/fstab

    b) touch /fastboot

    c) shutdown -rf now

  • I'm glad you solved your immediate problem - and thanks for writing it up, +1 from me - but you do realise that running with a known-dirty file system very much increases the likelihood that you will lose some or all of the data on that volume unrecoverably?
    – MadHatter
    Feb 17 '16 at 9:44
  • Within 24 hours, I moved the complete app to the new server. Now, It is running fine without any problem. I avoided the down time. The fsck could take more than 1 day due to huge size of data.
    – Mani
    Feb 17 '16 at 9:47
  • I am very glad to hear it!
    – MadHatter
    Feb 17 '16 at 10:20

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