I decided to play around with my new box after I installed Fedora Core 5 on it. Since it was brand new, I re-installed everything using XFS instead of the default ext2. (Aside: seems it should at least default to ext3....) I used XFS many moons ago when I was working with big honkin' SGI machines at animation houses -- back when SGI's logo still looked cool.
When FC5 booted, I thought it had bypassed running fsck -- which is a program near and dear to an old system admin's heart. I started reading the docs and remembered that fsck is a no-op on XFS: it checks the journal at mount time. So everything's working OK, it appears.
It makes me nervous, though. I like seeing a line like
/boot: clean, xxx files ...
when the machine's coming up. Just call me an old dog.