since my first question got answers, here are answers to questions 2 and 3:
2: there's a problem report here:
this still exists in CURRENT
3: i believe it takes so long to do fsck on a device in background mode
because a snapshot has to be taken first.
i decided i'd rather wait for a few minutes instead of running a system for
half an hour which is incredibly slow. i simply added the following to
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