Documentation for ndctl and daxctl


ndctl-clear-errors - clear all errors (badblocks) on the given namespace


ndctl clear-errors <namespace> [<options>]


A namespace may have one or more media errors, either known to the kernel or in a latent state. These error locations, or badblocks can cause poison consumption events if read in an unsafe manner.

Moreover, these badblocks also indicate that due to media corruption, any data that may have been in these locations has been unrecoverably lost.

Normally, in the presence of such errors, the administrator is expected to recover the data from out of band means (such as backups), destroy the namespace, recreate it, and then restore the data. When the data is re-written, the writes will allow any errors to be cleared as they are encountered. In such a workflow, one should never need to use the clear-errors command.

However, there may be special use cases, where the data currently on the namespace does not matter - for example, if a devdax mode namespace is being prepared for use as system-ram. In such cases, it may be desirable to clear any errors on the namespace prior to switching its mode to prevent disruptive machine checks due to poison consumption.


Only use this command when the data on the namespace is immaterial. For any blocks that are cleared via this command, any data on the blocks in question will be lost, and replaced with content that is implementation (platform) defined, and unpredictable.


This is a DANGEROUS command, and should only be used after fully understanding its implications and consequences. This WILL erase your data.

For namespaces in one of fsdax or davdax modes, this command will only consider the data area for error clearing. Namespace metadata, such as info-blocks, will not be touched. For namespaces in raw mode, the full available capacity of the namespace is considered for error clearing. Namespaces that are in sector mode are not supported, and will be skipped.


It is expected that the command is run with the namespace enabled. A namespace in the disabled state will appear as, and will be treated as a raw namespace, and error clearing will be performed for the full available capacity of the namespace, including any potential metadata areas. If there happen to be errors in the metadata area, clearing them may result in unpredictable outcomes. You have been warned!

Known errors are ones that the kernel has encountered before, either via a previous scrub, or by an attempted read from those locations. These can be listed by running ndctl list –media-errors for a given namespace. Latent errors, as the name indicates, are unknown to the kernel. These can be found by running a scrub operation on the NVDIMMs in question. By default, the ndctl-clear-errors command only clears known errors. This can be overridden using the –scrub option to clear all errors.


If a scrub is in progress when the command is called, it will unconditionally wait for it to complete.


Clear errors on namespace 0.0

    ndctl clear-errors namespace0.0

Clear errors on all namespaces belonging to region1, including scrubbing for latent errors

    ndctl clear-errors --scrub --region=region1 all


-s; --scrub
Perform a scrub on the bus prior to clearing errors. This allows for the clearing of any latent media errors in addition to errors the kernel already knows about.


This will cause the command to start and wait for a full scrub, and this can potentially be a very long-running operation.

-v; --verbose
Emit debug messages.

-r; --region=
A ‘regionX’ device name, or a region id number. The keyword ‘all’ can be specified to carry out the operation on every region in the system, optionally filtered by bus id (see –bus= option).

-b; --bus=
Enforce that the operation only be carried on devices that are attached to the given bus. Where bus can be a provider name or a bus id number.


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