Since chunk-recover will scan the whole device, it will be VERY slow especially executed on a large device.
Kernel 4.11 starts to check the device size more strictly and this might mismatch the stored value of total bytes. See the exact error message below. Newer kernel will refuse to mount the filesystem where the values do not match. This error is not fatal and can be fixed. This command will fix the device size values if possible.
BTRFS error (device sdb): super_total_bytes 92017859088384 mismatch with fs_devices total_rw_bytes 92017859094528
The mismatch may also exhibit as a kernel warning:
WARNING: CPU: 3 PID: 439 at fs/btrfs/ctree.h:1559 btrfs_update_device+0x1c5/0x1d0 [btrfs]
super-recover [options] <device>
This command will clear the filesystem log tree. This may fix a specific set of problem when the filesystem mount fails due to the log replay. See below for sample stacktraces that may show up in system log.
The common case where this happens was fixed a long time ago, so it is unlikely that you will see this particular problem, but the command is kept around.
clearing the log may lead to loss of changes that were made since the last transaction commit. This may be up to 30 seconds (default commit period) or less if the commit was implied by other filesystem activity.
? replay_one_dir_item+0xb5/0xb5 [btrfs] ? walk_log_tree+0x9c/0x19d [btrfs] ? btrfs_read_fs_root_no_radix+0x169/0x1a1 [btrfs] ? btrfs_recover_log_trees+0x195/0x29c [btrfs] ? replay_one_dir_item+0xb5/0xb5 [btrfs] ? btree_read_extent_buffer_pages+0x76/0xbc [btrfs] ? open_ctree+0xff6/0x132c [btrfs]
If the errors are like above, then zero-log should be used to clear the log and the filesystem may be mounted normally again. The keywords to look for are open_ctree which says that it’s during mount and function names that contain replay, recover or log_tree.