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Why is dd not protected against writing on the active disk ?

I use dd a lot. I live in a contant fear of making a mistake one day, for example writing on sda (computer disk) instead of sdb (USB disk) and then erasing everything I have on my computer. I know dd ...
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Granting access permission to normal user to a logical volume of a volume group [duplicate]

When I need to run a program with direct disk access, like read/write from /dev/sdb, I simply add the user to 'disk' group. In this way we don't need to disclose the root account the the user. However ...
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Give a specific user permissions to a device without giving access to other users

I have a card reader attached on /dev/sdb. What I do is giving all permissions to owner, group and the rest of the world, using: sudo chmod 777 /dev/sdb Can I just use another combination, ...
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Does `/proc/partitions` and/or `fdisk -l /dev/sdX` provide me a reliable device size?

I have two 3TB disks, which I hope to be exactly the same size. This means that I can use dd to copy them without being short or in excess of some bytes. Therefore I tried to find out the ...
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What's wrong with this udev rule?

I'm reading through this link in trying to make the appropriate rule to make the BSG device nodes have group ownership of wheel and permissions of 0660. This is the rule that I have: [user@mylinux ...
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How Linux kernel 3.x manage ramdisk as block device?

I need a block device in RAM. I built a 3.x kernel and added the RAM block device driver. The number of RAM block device drive is 16 (by default) but when the kernel boots there is no ramx in ...
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Disk page cache size in Linux for integrity purposes

I am trying to bound corruption in a block-based disk format in the presence of plausible machine failures in a Linux-specific application. That is, the file is read and written in application-defined ...
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How do I change the OS block size

I am using SUSE 11SP3 and formatted the devices with a block size of 4KB using mkfs.ext3. /sys/block/sda/queue/logical_block_size and /sys/block/sda/queue/physical_block_size show the OS is using 512 ...
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how to mount a range of drives in bash?

I use something like this to unmount a range of drives: umount /dev/sd[c-k]2 Is there any way to use same thing with mount? something like this: mount /dev/sd[c-k]2 /[c2-k2]
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Looking at the content of a character device's file [duplicate]

Why is it possible to look at the contents of a block device's file like /dev/sda using cat or a hex editor? Why can I not do the same for a character device like /dev/pts/3?
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Transfering content of block devices

For the purpose of backups, I'd like to transfer (several) whole disk partitions over an ssh link. So the source is a block special device, and the target should be a regular file. Common tools seem ...
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SD card corrupt and stuck at 32MB, any way to fix it?

Using the Linux area since I'm using Linux apps and utilities. My phone crashed (several times) and managed to corrupt my microSD card. It no longer appears to have partitions and shows as 32MB ...
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GNU/Linux: overlay block device / stackable block device

GNU/Linux has union mount that overlays dirs. So you can mount a writeable dir on top of a read-only dir. When the writeable dir is unmounted the read-only dir is untouched. I am looking for the same ...
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Reboot and zero drive

Is it possible to issue one command that will both reboot, boot to an external live drive or something similar, and then zero a hard drive?
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how to set block size using blockdev command

Anyone can provide me any test case for the below command: blockdev --setbsz BYTES to set/change the block size. I have tried like below but no luck. $ blockdev --setbsz 2048 /dev/sda5 blockdev: ...
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what is the etymology of `loop device`

What is the etymology of the term loop device Description: Wikipedia: loop device
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bcache on md or md on bcache

bcache allows one or more fast disk drives such as flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) to act as a cache for one or more slower hard disk drives. If I understand correctly, an SSD* could be ...
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Locating the /dev entry to make partitions on an SD card

I am trying to create partition of SD card, for this I am following this tutorial. When I type the command ll /dev/mmcblk* I got this ls: cannot access /dev/mmcblk*: No such file or directory ...
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How to tell Linux Kernel > 3.0 to completely ignore a failing disk?

I am asking this question here in the hope that some Linux-kernel guru can have an answer. This question has been asked on AskUbuntu and on SuperUser without answers: thinking better, it is really ...
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DD with a specific pattern

I was watching this Defcon video and around 4:30 he shows a custom pattern of drive wiping — the drive is filled with a constant text pattern. Whether he is joking or not, is this possible? How would ...
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GKrellM vs. udev's asynchronous drive mappings on bootup

Well, supposing you had multiple drives (3 in this example), udev would always play dice with them on each system reboot. And now, let's make things a little more quirky by adding one USB flash drive ...
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Prevent USB storage from using different device on reset

I have a hard drive in a USB enclosure that I am doing some data recovery on. The drive is in extremely bad shape and frequently resets on reads. The device registers as /dev/sdb. Sometimes, probably ...
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Finding an USB device path

Recently I saw this command posted on the internet: ls -l /dev/disk/by-label/ It worked, but I'm concerned, does it work on other Linux distros? How can I find USB device on the computer where USB ...
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How to find out the bad block table offset and how to change it in u-Boot

I am facing a similar problem as this: Kernel does not recognize nand bad blocks marked by u-boot I'm using a friendlyARM micro2440 board that contains the s3c2440 ARM processor. u-Boot has found ...
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The libblkid library: any way to use it with blocks in the core memory?

I know how to use the libblkid library to analyze existing block devices. I'd like to use it to analyze a memory extent before I write it to the block device. Something like that: char block[4096]; ...
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Determine what device a directory is located on

If I do # cd / # ln -s /home test # cd test # mount --bind $PWD /mnt the entry in /proc/mounts is /dev/sda2 /mnt ext4 rw,noatime,data=ordered 0 0 which is the device that is mounted to /home and ...
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dd and rm -r commands

For me, the following commands do exactly the same thing: dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sd1 dd if=/dev/null of=/dev/sd1 rm -r /dev/sd1/* meaning, the result of their application is the same. Or least, ...
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How to set ST_BUFFER_BLOCK in centos6.5

To enable large transfers to tape under Linux (>64 KB per write), i have to set the ST_BUFFER_BLOCKS for that i have to edit the file /usr/src/linux/drivers/scsi/st_options.h and change the ...
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Could not mount UBIFS on SD card

I guess this is not a big problem, still I can't see what's the matter. I'm building Images for an Embedded Linux (2.6.39) ARM9 System with Buildroot 2013.11, which is booting from an SD card. I was ...
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How to tell if a SCSI device is removable?

In DMESG I see: [sdb] Attached SCSI removable disk How does Linux decide what is removable and not removable? Is there a way I can look up if a device is "removable" or not other than the log, for ...
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blockdev --setro doesn't work (for me at least)

I'm sure I don't understood how blockdev works. I going to expose the case here and hope some of you can help me. The case: I have mounted a flash drive and it was mapped to /dev/sdb1. Then I type ...
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The libblkid library: what is the 'blkid_superblocks_get_name' function for?

I'm trying to use the libblkid library to analyze various filesystems on a block device from a C/C++ program, and it works well. However I'm confused with the blkid_superblocks_get_name function from ...
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Linux VM's disk went read-only = no choice but reboot?

I have several Linux VMs on VMware + SAN. What happened A problem occured on the SAN (failed path) so that for some time, there were I/O errors on the Linux VMs drives. When the path failover had ...
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Pipe chain with devices

As far as I know, you can have the ability to make pipes between applications, such as this one: $ step1 < input_file | step2 | step3 > result_file And you can access devices such as ...
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How can I mount a block device from one computer to another via the network as a block device?

Is it possible to export a block device such as a DVD or CDROM and make it so that it's mountable on another computer as a block device? NOTE: I'm not interested in doing this using NFS or Samba, I ...
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Mapping between logical and physical block device names

I cannot figure out the mapping between different logical and physical block device names. The output of "cat /proc/diskstats" is : 104 0 cciss/c0d0 ... 104 1 cciss/c0d0p1 ... 104 2 ...
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How to determine which sd* is usb? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know if /dev/sdX is a connected USB or HDD? The output of ls /dev/sd* on my system is - sda sda1 sda2 sda3 sda4 sda5 sda6 sda7 sdb sdc sdc1 sdc2 ...
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Mounting multiple img files as single loop device

Is there a way to take a disk img file that is broken up into parts and mount it as a single loop device?
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Make disk/disk copy slower

Is there a method of slowing down the copy process on Linux? I have a big file, say 10GB, and I'd like to copy it to another directory, but I don't want to copy it with full speed. Let's say I'd like ...
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KVM linux guest, 2nd HDD, LVM partition or whole disk

I've got a RAID 10 arrays on a couple of KVM host machines. The RAID 10 array is one big VG. I usually create a small LV for guest disk image storage then the rest of the VG I carve out as LVs to add ...
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How can I find the actual (dd) size of a flash disk?

When I put a flash disk into a card reader and make an image with dd, I see the actual size of the disk, like 512483328 bytes in the following example: 1000944+0 records in 1000944+0 records out ...
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Creating a fixed-size post boot block device from ram

First off: /root# cat /proc/version Linux version 3.12.6 What I'm trying to do is create a block device (no filesystem) out of ram of a fixed (configurable) size (pre-allocated, not ...
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How to find out easily whether a block device (or a part of it) is mounted somehow

I want to know what the easiest way is to determine (without root privilege) whether a block device (say sdb) or any part of it is mounted (and which part of it). Checking /proc/mounts for sdb is not ...
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why does blktrace only write blocks of 8?

I want to understand the I/O pattern a database is writing to disk to decide how many disks to use for best performance. To analyse the I/O pattern I want to use blktrace and I have to grok it first. ...
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Find filesystem of an unmounted partition from a script

I'm writing a custom automated install using AIF (Arch Installation Framework), and I need to find the filesystem on a partition given a partition. So far I have this: grok_partitions () { local ...
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how does blktrace work?

I am trying to understand the Linux block layer so I am writing a blog about it: http://www.linuxintro.org/wiki/blktrAce. When calling blktrace like this: blktrace -d /dev/sdg -o - | blkparse -i - ...
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Obtain device name and mount point if partition label is known

How to obtain the partition device name and mount point when the file system label is known? There are several possibilities: Linux File system label to device name The device name can be obtained ...
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Command to reread partitions from media

When I insert media (e.g. an SD card) the system (Ubuntu 12.04) reads the partition table and creates all the /dev/*[1234] links to each partition. If I repartition the media I have to physically ...
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Is it possible to change the sector size of a partition for zfs raidz pool in linux?

I've been migrating a zfs raidz pool on linux to new discs via virtual devices which were sparse files. I've used partitions on the discs as the discs are different sizes of 1.9T each. The last disc ...
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ECC on a single block device

I have an SSD that I suspect failing silently now and then. I have run badblocks on it and it is clear that it is not bad sectors but might instead be some race condition in the electronics, in which ...