ext4 (fourth extended filesystem) is a journaling file system for Linux, developed as the successor to ext3.

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Recover a reiserfs hard disk

I'm unable to mount my 300GB external (in external enclosure) HDD's single partition. None of the fsck tools add anything, they cannot even recognize the partition. I had forgotten whether I had used ...
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Different UID/GID when using an ext4 formatted USB drive with another computer

The problem of using a filesystem like ext4 on a USB stick or memory card is that when it's mounted into another system the disk's UID/GID might not be present. Can this be fixed with a mount option? ...
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Creating an ext4 partition fails with “invalid blocks count”

Environment: - Virtual machine on VMWare ESX 4.0 - OS: fully up to date RHEL 5.8 After adding a new (virtual) disk I want to create an ext4 partition on LVM on this disk. Steps taken so far: $ sudo ...
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e4rat in Fedora 15

Has anyone tried installing e4rat and optimizing boot-time in Fedora 15? This ext4 defragmenting and optimizing utility works wonderfully in Debian. I am wondering if someone has replaced Fedora's ...
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How to configure a filesystem+LVM for effective usage of SSD?

ext4 is one of the filesystems recommended for using on SSDs (with a number of built-in techniques and advices how to tune it for better performance and wear-levelling of SSDs). I want to install a ...
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Is disabling barriers for ext4 safe on a laptop with battery?

The manual page says about the barrier option for ext4: Write barriers enforce proper on-disk ordering of journal commits, making volatile disk write caches safe to use, at some performance ...
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Find which files are affected by bad blocks on ext4 filesystem

I have an ext4 filesystem that recently developed some bad sectors. Running fsck.ext4 -c finds and remembers the bad blocks. How can I find which files (if any) included these bad blocks so I can ...
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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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Allocate file at a specific offset in ext3/4

For benchmark and testing purposes I need to be able to allocate a file at a specific offset from the start of the partition. When I create a new file normally, its blocks are placed wherever the file ...
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Grub 2 installed on-partition - how to not embed it

My friend installed ArchLinux on a MacBook Pro alongside Mac OSX and Windows to try it. He's power user, so I only needed to help with the bootloader. Arch Linux's described installation of GRUB did ...
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Significant difference in speed between fsck using ext3 and ext4 on Debian Squeeze

Recently I installed Debian Squeeze, first using ext3 and then again using ext4 on the same machine. The automatic fsck done after a certain number of mounts is much faster using ext4 (about 1 min) ...
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Why is (free_space + used_space) != total_size in df? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: ext4: How to account for the filesystem space? I have a ~2TB ext4 USB external disk which is about half full: $ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available ...
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Fragmentation and ext4

Suppose I have a sparse file F on a Linux ext4 filesystem, and process P1 is writing to a disjoint 50% subset of F while P2 writes to the other 50% of F. I would like to minimize fragmentation while ...
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What does this Linux kernel trace mean?

I’m running a linux server at home which is mostly a file and e-mail server and a digital video recorder. All the data goes on an ext4 partition on a software raid-6. Every now and then (sometimes ...
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What does fsck -p (preen) do on ext4?

I was reading a blog post about filesystem repair and the author posted a good question… fsck -p is supposed to fix minor errors automatically without human intervention. But what exactly will it fix ...
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what is commit=0 for ext4? does mdadm not support it?

I see this in my dmesg log EXT4-fs (md1): re-mounted. Opts: commit=0 EXT4-fs (md2): re-mounted. Opts: commit=0 EXT4-fs (md3): re-mounted. Opts: commit=0 I think that means that dealloc is disabled? ...
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Unable to mount a second hard drive in Ubuntu Server

I am adding a second drive to my Ubuntu Server. It was previously in a FreeNas system, but I got rid of the XFS partition and created an ext4 partition (in an older Ubuntu system). I then backed up ...
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Recover formatted ext3 partition

Suppose you have an ext3 partition which was unfortunately formated as ext4 partition (and where now are some but not a lot new files on it). Is there any way to recover (some) files from the old ext3 ...
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ext4 overrides my commit=100 mount option with commit=0

Here is the relevant line from my /etc/fstab file: UUID=f51aa298-9ce4-4a19-a323-10df333f34f5 / ext4 data=writeback,noatime,barrier=0,errors=remount-ro,commit=100,nobh,nouser_xattr ...
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Use testdisk and gpart information to mount ext4 partition

I am trying to recover the ext4 partition table of a 2TB disk, where I have 900.000 files. I have cloned the original HD and now I am working on the cloned HD. And I am running Parted Magic Live CD. ...
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ext4: How to account for the filesystem space?

I've recently formated a 1.5 TB drive with the intention of replacing ntfs with ext4. Then I noticed that the files I saved don't fit on the new partition. df: ext4 (ext3 & ext2 show the same ...
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ext4 formatting weirdness

Just got a new 2TB hardrive for my Debian Squeeze Box. Trying to format it in ext4 after creating a Primary partition using cfdisk. I just did this exact process with a 120GB drive on the same ...
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How to make ext4 filesystem sparse?

I am using Linux as guest OS in VirtualBox. I deleted huge number of files from its filesystem. Now i want to shrink the filesystem image file (vdi). The shrinking works by compressing filesystem ...
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Why is deleting files by name painfully slow and also exceptionally fast?

Faux pas: The "fast" method I mention below, is not 60 times faster than the slow one. It is 30 times faster. I'll blame the mistake on the hour (3AM is not my best time of day for clear thinking :).. ...
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Can I convert an ext3 partition into ext4 without formatting?

my home directory is on a separate partition which still uses ext3. Is there a way to convert this partition into ext4 in a non-destructive way?
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Defragging an ext partition?

Why don't ext2/3/4 need to be defragmented? Is there no fragmentation at all?