ext2 (second extended filesystem) is a file system that was commonly used by the Linux kernel, but has been largely replaced by ext3/ext4.

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Is it possible to access these directories?

I'm trying to recover data from my Ready NasDuo which is Spark based with a 16kb block size. I've followed another post and successfully mounted the drive using a command like sudo fuseext2 -o ...
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Creating disk device in a file

I'm trying to create disk device in a file with: dd if=/dev/zero of=file.img bs=516096 count=1000 sudo losetup /dev/loop0 file.img (echo n; echo p; echo 1; echo ""; echo ""; echo w;) | sudo fdisk -u ...
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Ext2 filesystem for /boot partition

Is the ext2 filesystem good for /boot partition? I set ext4 for / root partition, but wasn't sure which filesystem to select for the /boot partition, and I just set ext2. Does it matter in this case?
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How are large directories stored (one inode or many?)

I've been studying up on the ext2 file system and inodes, and I'm not quite understanding a few things. How big is an inode? The output from tune2fs says its 256 for my system, so is that 256 byes? ...
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What is the difference between fsck options -y and -p?

The ext2/3/4 filesystem checker has two options that seem to be very similar, -p and -y. Both seem to perform an automatic repair, but the manpage states that -p can exit when it encounters certain ...
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Is there any alternative to genext2fs in RHEL?

I am tryting to make initrd file system following [this tutorial][1] My host system is RHEL 6 64 bit. I am unable to get the required command: genext2fs No rpm is available for it, neither ...
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“Converting” a filesystem from ext3 to ext4

I've read on some Q&A on this website that one can "convert" an ext3 filesystem to ext4 without formatting, by issuing tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/dev-name And then running ...
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Reliable way to detect ext2 or ext3 or ext4?

I need to detect a filesystem type from a C/C++ program using the filesystem superblock. However, I don't see much differences between superblocks for ext2 and ext4. The s_rev_level field is the same ...
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Ext2 block structure: size of reserved GDT Blocks

In every publication I found about ext2, the structure of a block group is defined as following: Super Block: 1 block Group Descriptor: N blocks Data Bitmap: 1 block Inode Bitmap: 1 block Inode ...
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libext2fs gcc linking error

I am writing a C program which uses libext2fs: #include <ext2fs/ext2fs.h> int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { char *fsname = argv[1]; errcode_t err; ext2_filsys fs; err= ...
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mke2fs difference between -i and -I options

sudo mke2fs Usage: mke2fs [-c|-l filename] [-b block-size] [-C cluster-size] [-i bytes-per-inode] [-I inode-size] [-J journal-options] [-G flex-group-size] [-N number-of-inodes] [-m ...
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zerofree verbose returns what?

zerofree -v /dev/sda1 returned 123642/1860888/3327744. The man page does not explain what those numbers are: http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/natty/man8/zerofree.8.html I found some code on ...
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How can I dump the contents of a filesystem's superblock?

I understand that I can list the location of a filesystem's superblocks using the following commands. Example First get the device handle for the current directory. $ df -h . Filesystem ...
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Relation between “Block Size”and “Upper Limits” in ext2

A similar looking question asks for the reason why the upper file limit could be 2 TB in ext2. I am trying to understand but the Documentation on ext2 but find this hard. Please correct me if I'm ...
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Minimizing “idle” writes on a file system

Leaving out many details, I need to create a read/write file system on a device with the following main goals: Eliminate all writes while data is not being explicitly written. Reduce all indirect ...
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What determines the maximum file size in ext2 file system

I was reading the Kernel Documentation where it says There are various limits imposed by the on-disk layout of ext2. Other limits are imposed by the current implementation of the kernel code. ...
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Having error during Ubuntu installation

I have Ubuntu on a USB stick. When I boot from it (select boot from this USB), it shows some logs like usual. I also see the Ubuntu logo with 5 dots below, but then I get these: ext2_lookup deleted ...
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Ext4 exhibits unexpected write latency variance vs. ext2

I have a latency sensitive application running on an embedded system, and I'm seeing some discrepancy between writing to a ext4 partition and an ext2 partition on the same physical device. ...
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Cannot make anyfs-tools. My e2fslibs package seems not to be the compatible version

anyfs-tools promises to convert a ntfs partition into ext3. That's what I want to do. (I have backed up what was necessary). But when I try to compile anyfs-tools I get a make compilation error ...
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How do I know if a partition is ext2, ext3, or ext4?

I just formatted stuff. One disk I format as ext2. The other I want to format as ext4. I want to test how they perform. Now, how do I know the kind of file system in a partition?
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Debian stucks at formatting 33%

I'm trying to install Debian Squeeze 6.0.5 on a new HP Proliant Microserver N40L with 4 GB RAM and 1.5 GHZ and 2 new Seagate BARRACUDA 2TB HDD (delivered yesterday). The installation stuck at the ...
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Besides the journal, what are the differences between ext2 and ext3?

I just saw an answer question about filesystems for embedded hardware on another Stack Exchange site. The question was "What file system format should I use on flash memory?" and the answer suggested ...
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largefile feature at creating file-system

Is useful to use -T largefile flag at creating a file-system for a partition with big files like video, and audio in flac format? I tested the same partition with that flag and without it, and using ...
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Ext4 support in Grub 0.9X (legacy) and Grub 1.9X (Grub2)

I'm about to setup my new USB key with Grub or Grub2. In the old days I used ext2 for the boot partition. I'm wondering if I could use ext4 for Grub2? And if use Grub 0.9X, what about support of ...
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ext2/3/4 reserved blocks percentage purpose

I know that this feature dates back 20 years but I still would like to find out What is the purpose of the reserved blocks in ext2/3/4 filesystems?
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disabling journal vs data=writeback in ext4 file system

What is the difference between disabling journal on ext4 file system using: tune2fs -O ^has_journal /dev/sda1 and using data=writeback when mounting? I thought ext4 - journal = ext2. means when we ...
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Salvage files from ext3 filesystem with physical errors

I have a disk from a crashed Linux laptop with files on it that the unhappy owner would like to have back if at all possible (no backup solutions please). I have not had anything to do with it ...
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How are files laid out in ext2/ext3/ext4?

A few days ago all my metadata on a ext4 format flash card was overwritten. I am now going to speculate on how this happened. This is pure speculation. It happened just after I used a different ...
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Is the sticky bit not used in current file systems

Can I safely conclude that the sticky bit is not used in current file sysems and reuse the bit for my own purpose.
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Is ext2 suitable for daily use on a desktop or laptop?

Is a journaling filesystem needed in today's desktop world? A good OS doesn't kernel panic every month, and if we are using a laptop, then there aren't any power outages, so why shouldn't we use ...
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how much space to reserve on ext3 filesystem to prevent fragmentation issues?

I wondered about some missing space on my ext3 partition and, after some googling, found that debian based ubuntu reserves 5% of the size for root. I also found posts describing how to change that ...
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How many bits is the access flags of a file?

How many bits on a linux file system is taken up for the permissions of a file?
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Defragging an ext partition?

Why don't ext2/3/4 need to be defragmented? Is there no fragmentation at all?
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Remove a corrupted file in a Linux system

How to remove a file that is corrupted? In Linux (Fedora based), when I type: ls -l I get drwxr-xr-x. 2 dmiller3 dmiller3 4096 Jul 26 13:57 SomeFile ?????????? ? ? ? 4096 ...