btrfs-scrub(8) — Linux manual page


BTRFS-SCRUB(8)                Btrfs Manual                BTRFS-SCRUB(8)

NAME         top

       btrfs-scrub - scrub btrfs filesystem, verify block checksums

SYNOPSIS         top

       btrfs scrub <subcommand> <args>

DESCRIPTION         top

       btrfs scrub is used to scrub a mounted btrfs filesystem, which
       will read all data and metadata blocks from all devices and
       verify checksums. Automatically repair corrupted blocks if
       there’s a correct copy available.


           Scrub is not a filesystem checker (fsck) and does not verify
           nor repair structural damage in the filesystem. It really
           only checks checksums of data and tree blocks, it doesn’t
           ensure the content of tree blocks is valid and consistent.
           There’s some validation performed when metadata blocks are
           read from disk but it’s not extensive and cannot substitute
           full btrfs check run.

       The user is supposed to run it manually or via a periodic system
       service. The recommended period is a month but could be less. The
       estimated device bandwidth utilization is about 80% on an idle
       filesystem. The IO priority class is by default idle so
       background scrub should not significantly interfere with normal
       filesystem operation. The IO scheduler set for the device(s)
       might not support the priority classes though.

       The scrubbing status is recorded in /var/lib/btrfs/ in textual
       files named scrub.status.UUID for a filesystem identified by the
       given UUID. (Progress state is communicated through a named pipe
       in file scrub.progress.UUID in the same directory.) The status
       file is updated every 5 seconds. A resumed scrub will continue
       from the last saved position.

       Scrub can be started only on a mounted filesystem, though it’s
       possible to scrub only a selected device. See scrub start for

SUBCOMMAND         top

       cancel <path>|<device>
           If a scrub is running on the filesystem identified by path or
           device, cancel it.

           If a device is specified, the corresponding filesystem is
           found and btrfs scrub cancel behaves as if it was called on
           that filesystem. The progress is saved in the status file so
           btrfs scrub resume can continue from the last position.

       resume [-BdqrR] [-c <ioprio_class> -n <ioprio_classdata>]
           Resume a cancelled or interrupted scrub on the filesystem
           identified by path or on a given device. The starting point
           is read from the status file if it exists.

           This does not start a new scrub if the last scrub finished


           see scrub start.

       start [-BdqrRf] [-c <ioprio_class> -n <ioprio_classdata>]
           Start a scrub on all devices of the mounted filesystem
           identified by path or on a single device. If a scrub is
           already running, the new one will not start. A device of an
           unmounted filesystem cannot be scrubbed this way.

           Without options, scrub is started as a background process.
           The automatic repairs of damaged copies is performed by
           default for block group profiles with redundancy.

           The default IO priority of scrub is the idle class. The
           priority can be configured similar to the ionice(1) syntax
           using -c and -n options. Note that not all IO schedulers
           honor the ionice settings.


               do not background and print scrub statistics when

               print separate statistics for each device of the
               filesystem (-B only) at the end

               run in read-only mode, do not attempt to correct
               anything, can be run on a read-only filesystem

               raw print mode, print full data instead of summary

           -c <ioprio_class>
               set IO priority class (see ionice(1) manpage)

           -n <ioprio_classdata>
               set IO priority classdata (see ionice(1) manpage)

               force starting new scrub even if a scrub is already
               running, this can useful when scrub status file is
               damaged and reports a running scrub although it is not,
               but should not normally be necessary

               (deprecated) alias for global -q option

       status [options] <path>|<device>
           Show status of a running scrub for the filesystem identified
           by path or for the specified device.

           If no scrub is running, show statistics of the last finished
           or cancelled scrub for that filesystem or device.


               print separate statistics for each device of the

               print all raw statistics without postprocessing as
               returned by the status ioctl

               print all numbers raw values in bytes without the B

               print human friendly numbers, base 1024, this is the

               select the 1024 base for the following options, according
               to the IEC standard

               select the 1000 base for the following options, according
               to the SI standard

               show sizes in KiB, or kB with --si

               show sizes in MiB, or MB with --si

               show sizes in GiB, or GB with --si

               show sizes in TiB, or TB with --si

EXIT STATUS         top

       btrfs scrub returns a zero exit status if it succeeds. Non zero
       is returned in case of failure:

           scrub couldn’t be performed

           there is nothing to resume

           scrub found uncorrectable errors

AVAILABILITY         top

       btrfs is part of btrfs-progs. Please refer to the btrfs wiki for further details.

SEE ALSO         top

       mkfs.btrfs(8), ionice(1)

COLOPHON         top

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