FSCK_CS(8) System Manager's Manual FSCK_CS(8)
fsck_cs – verify and repair CoreStorage logical volume groups
fsck_cs -q device ...
fsck_cs -p device ...
fsck_cs [-y | -n] [-x | -g] [-l logfile] device ...
The fsck_cs utility verifies and repairs CoreStorage logical volume group
The device parameter(s) should be path(s) to the "raw" (character special)
disk device(s) such as /dev/rdisk1s1 that constitute the CoreStorage
logical volume group. If you specify a "non-raw" (block special) path such
as /dev/disk1s1, or just the disk name such as disk1s1, it will
automatically be converted to the corresponding raw disk device
The options are as follows:
-q Performs a "quick" check and indicates if any corruptions
were found via the exit status. In this mode stale MLV
segments are not checked, nor is proactive MLV mirror
-p Operates in "preen" mode. MLV mirror blocks are repaired
where necessary. Newer transactions may be invalidated to
force a roll-back to an older, but consistent, filesystem
-y Causes fsck_cs to assume "yes" as the answer to all
questions. In other words, always attempt to repair any
errors that are found.
-n Causes fsck_cs to assume "no" as the answer to all questions.
In other words, never attempt to repair any errors that are
-x Causes fsck_cs to produce its output in an XML-like (plist)
format. This option is used when another application with a
graphical user interface (like OS X Disk Utility) is invoking
the fsck_cs tool and processing the output.
-g Causes fsck_cs to produce its output in GUI-compatible form.
This is similar in usage to the -x option.
Reproduce all console output, as well as additional status
and error messages, to the specified file.
Alternatively device can be specified as the UUID of the CoreStorage
logical volume group or as the name of a CoreStorage-hosted logical volume
within that group, causing fsck_cs to derive the constituent raw device(s)
from the IORegistry. In these cases you must indicate what object is being
supplied to identify the logical volume group:
--pv the component CoreStorage physical volume(s) directly
--uuid the CoreStorage logical volume group (as a UUID)
--lv a CoreStorage logical volume (as a device name)
The fsck_cs utility exits with 0 if no corruption was detected or if all
corruptions were repaired, and with >0 if any unrepaired corruption
fsck_cs does not perform an exhaustive validation, nor is it able to fix
many of the inconsistencies that it does detect.
The fsck_cs utility first appeared along with CoreStorage in OS X 10.7.0.
OS X July 22, 2011 OS X