fsck.ext3 -yv /dev/sda1 on 1 terabyte partition. very slow. how to tell what is happening?
This is no answer to the question, although it may be of interest:
There is an on-going discussion on the linux kernel mailing list about speeding
up fsck for ext3, see, e.g.
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