ext4 (fourth extended filesystem) is a journalling file system for Linux, developed as the successor to ext3. Use this tag for question that are ext4 specific, generic file system related questions should use tag [filesystem]

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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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Restored VG has shifted volumes

I'm recovering a PV on a mdadm RAID 1 with a single VG containing several LVs. The underlying devices have several bad sectors (one just a few, the other really much) and a silly typo made it ...
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Are there any tools to recover files from a previously formatted WinNT drive?

I scratched the previous Windows NT filesystem, now I'm running Ubuntu. I've created the whole disk as EXT4. Are there any tools to locate and save some previous Windows files from the original ...
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Is data=journal safer for Ext4 as opposed to data=ordered?

The default journal mode for Ext4 is data=ordered, which, per the documentation, means that "All data are forced directly out to the main file system prior to its metadata being committed to ...
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What filesystem metadata operations are actually journaled in ext4 & xfs?

I can't find a simple, straight answer about which filesystem metadata operations are actually persisted to the ext4 & xfs filesystem journals. Note that I am not inquiring about what POSIX ...
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ext4 to btrfs conversion: Can I pause, reboot the system and then resume the conversion? [duplicate]

I want to convert a rather big ext4 volume into btrfs. How long will the process will take?
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Mount from auto to manual and changing dir gives errors

I just installed Ubuntu 14.04 and am trying to mount my internal HD to a different location in the /home/username dir (auto-mount mounts it to /mnt/{uuid} ) But I ran into a problem. In Disks, when ...
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Optimal rootflags for rootfs for ext4 file system running on USB thumdrive [closed]

I have made myself a bootable USB Debian 7 thumbdrive, using debootstrap. It boots nicely - but occasionally freezes for a bit. I can see the load average is much higher than the running tasks should ...
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Where does ext4 store directory sizes?

Where does ext4 store directory sizes? Are they stored in the directory inode? For example, when I run du -h, it returns directories' size instantly, so I don't believe it calculates it at that time. ...
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How much storage overhead comes along with cryptsetup and ext4?

I want to encrypt the content of a directory in a container with an ext4 filesystem using cryptsetup. The size of the container should be as small as possible and as big as necessary, because I only ...
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Which file system to choose for small sized files?

I have a partition and it has ~100 GB of audio files. Most of them are mp3 or ogg, each has size of ~15 MB. I update it on a weekly basis. Right now, the partition is formatted as ext4. I have read ...
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I accidentally formatted the wrong volume - is it possible to restore the previous Ext4 filesystem?

I know that a similar question has already been asked. This morning I accidentally formatted the wrong volume, containing mostly video files (about 30GB each). I am currently trying to restore the ...
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Why does fstrim trim all of the free space on my mdraid mirror after a reboot? [duplicate]

I have a server with 2 SSDs: Model Family: Intel 520 Series SSDs Device Model: INTEL SSDSC2BW240A3F Firmware Version: 400i User Capacity: 240,057,409,536 bytes [240 GB] Sector Size: ...
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Best parameters for ext4 filesystem to handle virtualbox disk images

I have ext4 partition, which holds disk image files VirtualBox works with. They all are fixed-size images (i.e. files never change their size). They are defragmented as much as possible (with ...
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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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Something like VMware “Changed Block Tracking” (CBT) in linux

I'm wondering if is there any possibility to track changed blocks in linux with an ext3/ext4 filesystem (or a specific one supporting it). I mean a feture like the Changed Block Tracking (CBT) ...
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ext4 flags to specify “extents” mode?

I've formatted a new filesystem with and without extents feature just to understand how this feature works. However, when I look at the inode field i_flags I see that this field always has zero value ...
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ext4 inode size, shown by dumpe2fs

Manpage about mke2fs says "mke2fs creates 256-byte inodes by default". I've formatted my small (320MB) test partition with command: sudo mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sdc1 The defaults for the mke2fs are ...
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chmod does not change permissions of certain directories

System file: ext4 I changed the owner of files to apache: with the command: chown -R apache: wp.localhost Then, I could not change the permissions of directories in wp.localhost nor the ...
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Why is it impossible to change the inode count of an ext filesystem?

I know that it isn't possible to change the inode count of an ext filesystem after its creation, but I haven't been able to find any explanation on why it isn't. Can anyone enlighten me?
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ext4, why 70k file takes 88 blocks

[root@xx]# cat -n create_extents.sh 1 #!/bin/bash 2 3 if [ $# -ne 2 ] 4 then 5 echo "$0 [filename] [size in kb]" 6 exit 1 7 fi 8 9 ...
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What's the meaning of output of lsattr

I'm wondering what the output of lsattr means.It prints so oddly as follows,when I have tried: lsattr /usr. $ lsattr /usr -----------------e- /usr/local -----------------e- /usr/src ...
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How to find orphan directory entries in a ext4 disk

This comes from a long story of trying to recovering a TrueCrypt volume from a hardware failure (thanks, WD). I ended up with an unencrypted 3TB image that had the files that I want to recover. ...
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Arch Linux fails to boot from a USB key (cannot mount selected partition)

I tried to install Arch Linux to an USB key. Things are kind of wobbly (it assumes the system has exactly one drive inside, for example) but everything installed just fine. Until I rebooted. ...
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recovering /home folder from faulty drive

I was going to try ddrescue to recover data from a faulty (beeping) laptop drive and a primary ext4 partition. Reducing the number of reads from the disk should reduce the recovery time and increase ...
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targeting a specific block with e2fsck to shorten wait

Recently had a LVM'd CentOS 6.5 install get accidentally cold-shutdown. On bootup, it says that the home partition need fscking: /dev/mapper/vg_myserver-lv_home: Block bitmap for group 3072 is not ...
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Recovering truncated file

I'm in a peculiar situation. While editing a Perl program I accidentally truncated the file to zero length (using an Emacs lisp code I was developing). I need to recover that program... How do I that ...
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Optimization for an SSD?

I am running Fedora 20 on a Laptop ( Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 2 Pro ) with an SSD. My filesystem is LVM with ext4 as the format option. I am now running Fedora as the only OS on the system with Legacy BIOS ...
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Do ext(4?) filesystems intrinsically store newer data in a fashion that is more prone to corruption?

I recently had a corrupted ext4 filesystem throwing these errors: kubuntu@kubuntu:~$ sudo mount -t ext4 /dev/sdc2 c1 mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc2, missing codepage ...
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e2fsck -y /dev/sda changed my 6TB disk into 1.8TB

After problems with mount I run e2fsck -y -b BLOCK /dev/sda and it was running for 3 days on 6TB raid 0, when it completed this was the output: /dev/sda: ***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED ***** ...
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Same file with different content on every read [closed]

I have a problem with a filesystem here on a storage machine. We noticed, that many of the data that comes out of the systems seams to be corrupt, but only with minor problems like CRC errors with ...
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Why is my ext4 filesystem recognizable only on the machine it was formatted on?

Xubuntu liveCD 11.04 running on "bad machine" with mdadm RAID1 array with an unrecognizable ext4 filesystem: To rescue some files, I installed a new hard drive and formatted it to ext4. I copied ...
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ext4 used space (not -m option, not deleted files)

I'm a bit puzzled about the way ext4 reports used space. On a new Debian wheezy (testing) installation, I consistently got about 1GB extra space used with a 60GB SSD, when compared to du. I then ...
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How to clean journals in ext3/ext4 filesystem? [closed]

Some preamble: I'm taking bitwise copy of disk devices (via dd command) from twin hosts (i.e. with the same virtualized hardware layout and software packages, but with different history of usage). To ...
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“unknown partition table” - misconfigured kernel

I was compiling a custom linux kernel for a newly installed machine, and after booting into the new kernel (3.12), the init process fails to find a root device, which I traced to the system getting an ...
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e2fsck giving some error

I am playing with LVM and while doing lvreduce. I now get this error: [root@localhost raja]# e2fsck -f /dev/vg1/lvol2 e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010) e2fsck: Superblock invalid, trying backup blocks... ...
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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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How to put syslinux on an sd card

I would like to know how to put syslinux on my sd card and I have tried using extlinux. However, I keep getting the message Missing Operating System. Please help me.
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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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jbd2 journal constant i/o

iotop reports a constant i/o about 3% of [jbd2/vda1-8], I think this is the journal manager for ext4. my fstab is: UUID=X / ext4 defaults,noatime,nodiratime 1 1 tmpfs /dev/shm ...
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Backup or snaphot tool for ext4

I'm looking for a backup tool for ext4, which can take a copy from a running FS like /var with no collisions in system after recover such FS. I know BSD dump has an '-L' option, which tells him to ...
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livecd-tools - ext4 errors

I'm using livecd tools to build an ISO image customized to my liking. It appears to build fine, but after booting up, I get a bunch of ext4fs errors indicating referenced inodes were deleted. My ...
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After crash, e2fsck fails with weirdly high block numbers/sizes

After a breaker trip a Raspberry Pi of mine started to halt boot with kernel panic (same message as here). This is a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian, so it runs from a SD card, from a main ext4 ...
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Recovering an ext4 filesystem with corrupt journal

I have a hard drive that seems to have developed some kind of hardware problem in the journal. This prevents the drive from being loaded. Running mount -r -t ext4 /dev/sda5 /mnt/root results in the ...
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Formatting external USB Harddrive ext4

What is the best way to format a non-ssd harddrive with ext4, for as fast as possible usage with a very low performance computer? I mean, options like disabling things (journaling, ...) that slow ...
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fsck ext4 on ssd: max mountcount and checkinterval

I'm using an ssd as the only drive in my laptop (Debian stable). It seems that SuSE sets mountcount to -1, disabling fsck at boot. The thread linked says that ext4 needn't be fsck'd anyway. Is that ...
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Decrease time to shrink ext4 filesystem

I need to shrink a large ext4 volume, and I would like to do it with as little downtime as possible. With the testing I've done so far it looks like it could be unmounted for the resize for up to a ...
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relocate ext4 structures to survive truncation

I have a 6Gb raw disk image with 1 ext4 partition on it. I have only 1Gb worth of data on it Is there a way to reposition/adjust ext4 datastructures such that I can truncate the disk at 1 GB or 1.2Gb ...
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How does my partition (ext4) know its size of used/free space?

I ran df, and the output appears almost instantly: (FS Size Used Avail Use%) /dev/sda1 145G 8.4G 130G 7% sda1 is an ext4 partition. Without summing the size of all files, how can ...
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Disk problems prevent me from booting, or set the disk to read-only. How do I fix the disk?

Problem: Since about one week ago, my Ubuntu system encounters various severe and strange problems. Sometimes the whole system suddenly freezes. I have to push the power button to shut down the ...