Andrea Venturoli wrote:
Then, back to the heart of the problem, why does it take so long? It's a 9GB SCSI disk and it should be quite fast, although a bit old; it's speed is for sure enough for day to day work. Back in the 5.x times fsck used to last definitely less than 5 minutes. After I upgraded to 6.1 (or maybe after 6.0) it started taking nearly an hour. It just sits there for eons, the disk barely working, and printing a line every minute or so.
This may or may not be a problem with FreeBSD 6.x...have you installed a diagnostic tool like smartmon and run a disk check? If the drive is in the process of failing, you might experience slowdowns like you've described.

Can you "dd if=/dev/da0 of=/dev/null bs=64k" [*] OK and at a reasonable speed? Hit Cntl-T every minute or so...


[*]: or whatever device your SCSI drive appears at, if not da0.
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