A filesystem is a way to organize and store computer files with their data.

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OverlayFS - How to make changes to upper filesystem persistent without unmounting?

I am using an USB drive to start a linux system which needs changes from time to time and also writes some logs. Flash drives tend to fail early if there are many write operations. That brought me to ...
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Problems with file system

I created a partition with EXT4 file system and when I'm writing in this partition frequently the Kernel return the following error: Jan 01 01:17:54 infobuffer360 kernel: r7:c0561280 Jan 01 01:17:54 ...
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What is the meaning of the contents of /proc/net/unix?

On my Android device there is the file called /proc/net/unix who's content does not conform to that of any standard linux distribution (which show the unix domain sockets.) First few lines: Num ...
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How to change relatime access time update interval from 24 hours?

According to the RHEL 6 documentation about the Relatime Drive Access Optimization: The kernel used in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 supports another alternative — relatime. Relatime maintains atime ...
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Why are block sizes limited by page size in Linux?

In many (all?) file systems that Linux uses, including ext2/3/4, the maximum block size is the page size of the architecture Linux is running on, ie. 4KiB on x86. Why is there this limit? Might this ...
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How does fsnotify setting affect system performance?

Occasionally a software package I install complains that the default fsnotify setting is far too low for decent performance. Intellij IDEA or crashplan are two examples. They suggest using fsnotify ...
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Is there a way to show all flags in /proc/mounts?

Some filesystem flags seem to be hidden in /proc/mounts, depending on whether they are defined as defaults. Is there a way to show all flags in /proc/mounts, also including the default ones? And if ...
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Why is my raid5 always resyncing ? (device names no persistent?)

I have a Intel RST software raid on ubuntu 14.04 with mdadm: (4 x 6TB drives in Raid 5, created with device names /dev sudo mdadm -C /dev/md/imsm /dev/sda /dev/sdb /dev/sdh /dev/sdi -n 4 -e imsm sudo ...
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Disk i/o latency using /proc/vmstat file

How do i calculate Disk read and write latency in Linux? Is it possible to do the calculation using /proc file system? I am used iostat and vmstat command. But i do not understand how the ...
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How are the reserved GDT blocks used after online resizing in ext3 file system

I am working on Ext3 and after looking at FS layout - ext3 reserves ~1024 blocks as Reserved Group Descriptor Table (reserved GDT blocks are between Group Descriptor blocks and Bitmap blocks). These ...
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Mount LVM volume as external usb drive? CentOS 6

I'm trying to mount my old 2x500GB drives to the new server which has the same drive volume. Both have LVM structure but it's not working. root@server [/mnt/usb]# ls /dev/sd* /dev/sda /dev/sda2 ...
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What can I do with btrfs “profiles”?

Reading through the btrfs (sub) command documentation, it can "balance only block groups with the given replication profiles", and "convert selected blocks to a given profile", and apparently it ...
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How to check if GRUB is password protected or not?

Is there any command to check whether GRUB boot loader is password protected or not? What is the file path? where it stores this information specially on Debian OS.
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How do I layer compression on top of encryption on top of BtrFS, per-file?

BtrFS should support this really, but it doesn't. So ECryptFS looks like it will fill the gap. The only thing is, how would I layer compression on top of this? Reasons for compression on top of ...
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On which disk is a file located in a btrfs RAID-1 array/filesystem?

I have a btrfs array with 5 disks in RAID-1 mounted on /mnt/array: # btrfs filesystem show /mnt/array Label: 'nicefilesystem' uuid: censored Total devices 5 FS bytes used 4.95TiB ...
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How do I speed up recovering “stuck” cifs mount?

I have a cifs mounted like this: mount.cifs -o uid=myuser,user=...,dom=... //IP/Share /some/mountpoint/ When I try to access it after period of inactivity (or when the network is inaccessible), it ...
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Size Range of ext4 Filesystem Journal

The minimum and maximum sizes respectively for the ext3 filesystem journal are 1,024 blocks and 102,400 blocks. Similarly — what are the minimum and maximum sizes for the journal on an ext4 ...
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BTRFS - Raid incomplete after balancing

I have two 3TB drive that are formated as btrfs and mounted on /media/andy/btrfs as one drive. I run btrfs balance start -dconvert=raid1 -mconvert=raid1 /media/andy/btrfs/ which takes forever. It ...
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Many transient files on journaled filesystem?

Writing and deleting many files quickly I'm going to write many temporary files per second, over a sustained period. Each will be deleted after some milliseconds. Say we have an image processing ...
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Defining Languages Available at boot - LiveCD

I am trying to create a refined version of the buggy uck for customizing Ubuntu LiveCD ISO, here it is if you're interested in helping. NOTE: The process is straight-forward, except when customizing ...
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Cannot mount second 1TB harddrive in Linux, works fine in Windows 8.1

So I have this problem with my second hard-drive that I have been trying to fix for quite awhile now with no luck. I have searched around to try to find solutions to my problem but nothing seemed to ...
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how to migrate a squashfs system to another filesystem that's read/write

Well, basically what i want to do is copy all of my router's files (even the dev file (because i'm running busybox)) to my usb flash drive and let my router by default boot from the usb device. it ...
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Is there a way to access Google Drive spreadsheet?

I'm using Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon. I tried google-drive-ocamlfuse and grive, but both of them can't access spreadsheet. google-drive-ocamlfuse shows this error: Device or resource busy W hen it ...
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How can i determine the block size of an vxfs filesystem?

I am looking for a way to see what the current blocksize of an filesystem is. Normaly i would use tune2fs -l | grep "Block size", but that doesn't work on vxfs. I googled a bit and found fstyp -v ...
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How to restrict directory name creation to pattern?

I have FreeNas CIFS share. Mount command result: /dev/ufs/VSPHERE on /mnt/VSPHERE (ufs, NFS exported, local, soft-updates, nfsv4acls) I want to restrict users from creating directories that do not ...
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find ount what [flush-8:0] is writing

Using iotop, I found out that [flush-8:0] is doing a lot of hard disk activity, which explains the annoying slowdowns. However, I can't figure out what's the actual cause behind this flushing. No ...
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Why does my Pandaboard boot partition need to be vfat, and the rootfs need to be ext3 or ext4?

While booting Android on a Pandaboard, I am partitioning the SD card into two partitions, boot and root. They contain different filesystems. Why does the boot partition need to be vfat, while the ...
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Can a FAT32 and NTFS file system exist without UUID?

I have an USB disk drive partioned with 2 FAT32 partitions, which is not getting detected in the embedded device, but gets detected in a Fedora system. Basically in the udev rules, I am not able to ...
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What are the differences between the current Linux kernel and the Unix SVR4 kernel in terms of device drivers+i/o and virtual files systems?

Yes I realize that Linux supports many more file systems and recognizes more devices than Unix SVR4. I'm interested in what the differences are in the abstraction on top of an actual file system, or ...
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Connected external HDD slows down system

I need to connect large external hard disks (with many many files) to a system running Ubuntu. I have no idea how the Linux kernel is treating the inodes for the external drives, but attaching huge ...
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How to install a system on top of ZFS?

I have a clear system with 5 hard drives, bios. No OS installed, no formatting applied to hard drives. I want to install a Scientific linux (6.6 or higher) OS on top of ZFS on it. What are the ...
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Recovering files with directory structure

EDIT: I am using Debian 8.1.0 So I somehow deleted my /etc directory. While I have not been able to recover the complete /etc directory hierarchy with all files, I have received different parts from ...
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How do I get new filesystem formats to use in mkfs?

I am currently attempting to run some benchmark tests using different filesystem formats. However, I can only use the ext family, cramfs, and msdos formats with mkfs since those are the only formats ...
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Recursively lowercase, replace space and remove invalid characters on linux FS

I want to recursively run the following commands on a directory as part of a cron. The first line changes everything to lowercase, the second replaces spaces with _ and the third removes all invalid ...
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BTRFS - removing drive by devid instead of path

I recently lost a 5 TB drive using btrfs. I had a system freeze (unsure why) while a balance was running. My SMR drive got corrupted. I was able to mount my array degraded and balance my data. ...
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Mapping a physical sector to a filename

I just finished using ddrescue to recover the contents of a failing hard drive. It was able to recover everything but two sectors. How do I figure out which files (if any) occupied those sectors? ...
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Formatting btrfs for robust metadata

If I make three partitions on a HDD, it appears that the default (which is -m raid1) will only store two copies of each metadata block. Is there a way to store multiple copies, e.g. one on each ...
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shared filesystem with offline access

I would like a shared filesystem with offline access. I have two machines. One is a light laptop with a small amount of SSD storage that I carry with me. The other is a stay-at-home computer with much ...
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No space left on device, with 320 GB free

I'm a bit lost. I have a 500 GB external hard drive with its original filesystem still in place. The last command (dd writing to a file within this filesystem) failed with "no space left on device". ...
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fopen problem when mounting ecryptfs filesystem

After an unrecoverable fsck problem the mount of my encrypted /home/me filesystem isn't possible any more. The visible effects are: a) logging in though most of the selectable GUI window managers ...
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Home server bottleneck (filesystem server)

I am trying to set up a filesystem server, so that I can use my various laptops to transparently mount a directory containing many VirtualBox VMs, some of which run full graphics environments. I will ...
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Is file creation atomic?

I have a problem to solve: I just can make one CURL operation each second, but this operation can send up to 40 parameters. Those parameters are Id's. I have one web site that may sometimes ask for ...
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Error file system check

I enabled the package e2fsprogs and always when the system starts it return the following error (when partition mounting): Jan 01 00:00:03 xxxx systemd[1]: Found device /dev/mmcblk0p3. Jan 01 ...
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Directory symlink to inode, not path (e.g. directory hardlinks)

I'm trying to better understand why directory hardlinks are not possible. Roughly, I think of directories and files as follows: directory --------- inode # exposed as . inode_of_parent # ...
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Loopback (bind) mount automatically mounting additional ext4 USB drive

I have a USB (ext4) drive connected and it's registered in /etc/fstab. It mounts at /media/Backup fine. I want to mount a specific directory on that drive using a bind / loopback mount (this is ...
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ZFS datasets attribute inheritance

I have a ZFS filesystem on a Solaris system. In one pool I have an ISCSI share and an NFS share. zfs list tank 1,01G 2,88G 24,0K /tank tank/nfs 24,0K 2,88G ...
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Mount success but property of device mapper that dmsetup create is lost

I tried to create device mapper with dmsetup as followed: dmsetup create error_disk 0 20000 linear /dev/loop0 0 20000 1 error 20001 20959 linear /dev/loop0 20001 Then I check with command below: ...
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How can I make a read-only Linux system (which uses unionfs) read/write for the duration of upgrades?

Assuming having an embedded linux application, and for protection against corruption from example abrupt power offs, you implement a read only system with union fs. But then, how is it possible to ...
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Is it possible to make a symbolic link of a file in other machine?

I have a account in a server and I would like have a symbolic link of some files in my local machine. How can I do this?
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NFS Block Size Open File

If I open an NFS file for the first time, what exactly is it that gets "downloaded"? Is it just file metadata and subsequent client requests will request individual blocks? Is it the whole file, or ...