FSCK.FAT(8)               (2021-01-31)                FSCK.FAT(8)

          fsck.fat - check and repair MS-DOS FAT filesystems

          fsck.fat [OPTIONS] DEVICE

          fsck.fat verifies the consistency of MS-DOS filesystems and
          optionally tries to repair them.

          The following filesystem problems can be corrected (in this

          +o   FAT contains invalid cluster numbers.  Cluster is
              changed to EOF.

          +o   File's cluster chain contains a loop.  The loop is

          +o   Bad clusters (read errors).  The clusters are marked bad
              and they are removed from files owning them.  This check
              is optional.

          +o   Directories with a large number of bad entries (probably
              corrupt).  The directory can be deleted.

          +o   Files . and .. are non-directories.  They can be deleted
              or renamed.

          +o   Directories . and .. in root directory.  They are

          +o   Bad filenames.  They can be renamed.

          +o   Duplicate directory entries.  They can be deleted or

          +o   Directories with non-zero size field.  Size is set to

          +o   Directory . does not point to parent directory.  The
              start pointer is adjusted.

          +o   Directory .. does not point to parent of parent
              directory.  The start pointer is adjusted.

          +o   . and .. are not the two first entries in a non-root
              directory.  The entries are created, moving occupied
              slots if necessary.

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          +o   Start cluster number of a file is invalid.  The file is

          +o   File contains bad or free clusters.  The file is

          +o   File's cluster chain is longer than indicated by the
              size fields.  The file is truncated.

          +o   Two or more files share the same cluster(s).  All but
              one of the files are truncated.  If the file being
              truncated is a directory file that has already been
              read, the filesystem check is restarted after

          +o   File's cluster chain is shorter than indicated by the
              size fields.  The file is truncated.

          +o   Volume label in root directory or label in boot sector
              is invalid.  Invalid labels are removed.

          +o   Volume label in root directory and label in boot sector
              are different.  Volume label from root directory is
              copied to boot sector.

          +o   Clusters are marked as used but are not owned by a file.
              They are marked as free.

          Additionally, the following problems are detected, but not

          +o   Invalid parameters in boot sector

          When fsck.fat checks a filesystem, it accumulates all
          changes in memory and performs them only after all checks
          are complete.  This can be disabled with the -w option.

          Two different variants of the FAT filesystem are supported.
          Standard is the FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32 filesystems as
          defined by Microsoft and widely used on hard disks and
          removable media like USB sticks and SD cards.  The other is
          the legacy Atari variant used on Atari ST.

          There are some minor differences in Atari format: Some boot
          sector fields are interpreted slightly different, and the
          special FAT entries for end-of-file and bad cluster can be
          different.  Under MS-DOS 0xfff8 is used for EOF and Atari
          employs 0xffff by default, but both systems recognize all
          values from 0xfff8en0xffff as end-of-file.  MS-DOS uses only
          0xfff7 for bad clusters, where on Atari values 0xfff0en0xfff7
          are for this purpose (but the standard value is still

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          -a  Automatically repair the filesystem.  No user
              intervention is necessary.  Whenever there is more than
              one method to solve a problem, the least destructive
              approach is used.

          -A  Select using the Atari variation of the FAT filesystem
              if that isn't active already, otherwise select standard
              FAT filesystem.  This is selected by default if mkfs.fat
              is run on 68k Atari Linux.

          -b  Make read-only boot sector check.

          -c PAGE
              Use DOS codepage PAGE to decode short file names.  By
              default codepage 850 is used.

          -d PATH
              Delete the specified file.  If more than one file with
              that name exist, the first one is deleted.  This option
              can be given more than once.

          -f  Salvage unused cluster chains to files.  By default,
              unused clusters are added to the free disk space except
              in auto mode (-a).

          -F NUM
              Specify FAT table NUM for filesystem access.  By default
              value 0 is assumed and then the first uncorrupted FAT
              table is chosen.  Uncorrupted means that FAT table has
              valid first cluster.  If default value 0 is used and all
              FAT tables are corrupted then fsck.fat gives up and does
              not try to repair FAT filesystem.  If non-zero NUM value
              is specified then fsck.fat uses FAT table NUM for
              repairing FAT filesystem.  If FAT table NUM has
              corrupted first cluster then fsck.fat will repair it.
              In any case, if FAT filesystem has more FAT tables then
              repaired content of chosen FAT table is copied to other
              FAT tables.  To repair corrupted first cluster it is
              required to call fsck.fat with non-zero NUM value.

          -l  List path names of files being processed.

          -n  No-operation mode: non-interactively check for errors,
              but don't write anything to the filesystem.

          -p  Same as -a, for compatibility with other *fsck.

          -r  Interactively repair the filesystem.  The user is asked
              for advice whenever there is more than one approach to
              fix an inconsistency.  This is the default mode and the
              option is only retained for backwards compatibility.

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          -S  Consider short (8.3) file names with spaces in the
              middle to be invalid, like previous versions of this
              program did.  While such file names are not forbidden by
              the FAT specification, and were never treated as errors
              by Microsoft file system checking tools, many DOS
              programs are unable to handle files with such names.
              Using this option can make them accessible to these

              Short file names which start with a space are considered
              invalid regardless of this option's setting.

              Previous versions of this program exceptionally treated
              EA DATA. SF and WP ROOT. SF as valid short names; using
              this option does not preserve that exception.

          -t  Mark unreadable clusters as bad.

          -u PATH
              Try to undelete the specified file.  fsck.fat tries to
              allocate a chain of contiguous unallocated clusters
              beginning with the start cluster of the undeleted file.
              This option can be given more than once.

          -U  Consider lowercase volume and boot label as invalid and
              allow only uppercase characters.  Such labels are
              forbidden by the FAT specification, but they are widely
              used by Linux tools.  Moreover MS-DOS and Windows
              systems do not have problems to read them.  Therefore
              volume and boot labels with lowercase characters are by
              default permitted.

          -v  Verbose mode.  Generates slightly more output.

          -V  Perform a verification pass.  The filesystem check is
              repeated after the first run.  The second pass should
              never report any fixable errors.  It may take
              considerably longer than the first pass, because the
              first pass may have generated long list of modifications
              that have to be scanned for each disk read.

          --variant TYPE
              Create a filesystem of variant TYPE.  Acceptable values
              are standard and atari (in any combination of
              upper/lower case).  See above under DESCRIPTION for the

          -w  Write changes to disk immediately.

          -y  Same as -a (automatically repair filesystem) for
              compatibility with other fsck tools.

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              Display help message describing usage and options then

          0   No recoverable errors have been detected.

          1   Recoverable errors have been detected or fsck.fat has
              discovered an internal inconsistency.

          2   Usage error.  fsck.fat did not access the filesystem.

          fsck0000.rec, fsck0001.rec, ...
              When recovering from a corrupted filesystem, fsck.fat
              dumps recovered data into files named fsckNNNN.rec in
              the top level directory of the filesystem.

          +o   Does not remove entirely empty directories.

          +o   Should give more diagnostic messages.

          +o   Undeleting files should use a more sophisticated

          fatlabel(8), mkfs.fat(8)

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