Q: How do I get rid of lengthy Linux boot delays dealing with "deleted inode has zero dtime" messages?
Booting Linux on my laptop takes a long time. THis is because a message appears saying "deleted inode 6323 has zero dtime. Set dtime? yes". There are also two other deleted inodes with zero dtime — 229543 and 229544. Should I just ignore these messages and be patient, or is something wrong?
A: This shouldn`t happen every time you boot. It is a result of not having cleanly turned the machine off the previous time you used it. To turn the machine off, you must type halt as root. (type man halt or man shutdown for more info.) To reboot, you must hit control-alt-delete or use the reboot command.