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

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How to find out how the filesystem was created?

You can create the filesystem with mkfs... -- how to find out not only what filesystem is used on given partition, but what parameters where passed to mkfs? So how to perform mkfs in reverse -- ...
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Disallowing blank space in file system naming

Most recent versions of most Linux distros allow blank space in file and directory naming. I was wondering if there is a way to disable that and go back to the old UNIX standard of no spaces in file ...
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What are functional differences between tree-like/hierarchical and flat file systems?

The only differences I can think of are all aesthetic. E.g. When you have many files, it will be hard for the user to navigate to the desired file because it wouldn't be organised nicely like in a ...
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Which file system (among XFS, BTRFS and EXT4 only) does provide the best data resilience to disk corruption? [closed]

Question: Given these three filesystems: XFS, BTRFS and EXT4, I'm wishing to know which does provide the best data resilience to data corruption in a setup without RAID. And, of course, why? ...
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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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Cannot mount fresh partition twice

I try to partition a harddrive with a script, where I have some trouble remounting the partition. This happens both this btrfs as well as with ext4. So I assume the problem is the partition table, and ...
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How can I make a special file that executes code when read from

Most files on a Linux system are normal files, i.e. they are saved on disk and reading from them just reads from a specified chunk of memory on the disk. How can I make something that behaves like a ...
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how to get filesystem creation time/date for vfat on linux

I want the date, when the filesystem on a usb stick was created. This would be the age of the stick in my case, since I have not recreated it. I have found how to do this for files and ext ...
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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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In Mac Os, what is .DS_store?

In each folder I find a hidden file called .DS_store? What is this exactly?
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changing /var in running system

I have the challenge that I cannot start a CentOS Linux server in single-user-mode, but I need to change the /var (currently part of /) to a new disk. My way would be: mount the new disk on a ...
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Do files change while passing from ext2 to ext3 to ext4?

If one creates a file on an ext2 (or ext3 or ext4) partition, then moves from one partition to another, each formatted differently, does any part of that file change? Once returned to the original ...
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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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Prime New GlusterFS Cluster w/ 24GB of Files

I am attempting to load my new glusterfs cluster on AWS with my existing files that total in size of over 24GB. From my calculations, it is going to take 8 days to transfer all the files via the ...
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When did directories stop being readable as files?

I have the 1st edition of The Unix Programming Environment book. In chapter 2, the authors state that directories are readable as files, and mention some facts about the format of these files. They ...
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Create a file that's really a network port

I have a program running on a cluster, and the output of the program is written to a log file which I specify. However, instead of writing it to a file, I want to write it to a network port, so that ...
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zfs deduplication “low” ratio

In Solaris 11, in a pool named mypool I activated deduplication with zfs set dedup=on mypool Then I created two 100 MB file: file1 and its copy file1copy. Only their names are different: their ...
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RHEL Error message mounting luks crypted filesystem at boot

I am configuring a luks crypted file system to be mounted at boot time using RHEL 6.5 I did all the configuration from command line and tt worked but printed an error message after asking for ...
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How creating forcefsck file triggers file system check on reboot?

What is the significance of the file /forcefsck? I understand by creating this file the file system check is enforced during the next reboot. But how does this work?
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Command not found problem in Linux-Ubuntu terminal

My friend is having problem in trying to call make to compile an application which both me and a second friend have previously successfully compiled. The file uses a "linux-devkit" pack that possess ...
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NTFS drive not mounting in Debian

This drive has been working fine for a while, but I recall having had some slight trouble getting it mounted in the past. Anyway, it was disconnected from the machine for some time and when I ...
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How are files or chunks delimited on disk?

I'm trying to recover some lost files by grep-scanning a hard disk. (The OS is Darwin 11.4.2. The file system is HFS.) How can I determine where a file (or contiguous chunk thereof) begins and ends ...
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Beaglebone: Backup image mounts root as Read-only

After I had completed creating applications for my BB white (running ubuntu), I created a backup of the SD card using-> sudo dd if=/dev/disk2 of=/Volumes/BONE/bone_custom.img Recently, I tried to ...
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iozone runs fail with “No such file or directory” errors

I want to start using iozone to benchmark an aufs filesystem on a virtual machine on ubuntu. I tried following the manual to use relevant parameters, but I keep getting a weird error on most runs. I ...
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“inode_size (128) * inodes_count (0) too big for a filesystem with 0 blocks” while creating a file system

My partition table looks like this: Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 * 2048 32505855 16251904 83 Linux /dev/sda2 32505856 33554431 ...
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Repeated filesystems and mount points in df output

when I type df -h to see the storage of my system the following is the result root@kch-rsp:/home/pi# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on rootfs 13G 2.4G 10G 20% / ...
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Why would a partition be in use by the system if it isn't mounted?

I've been migrating my system from btrfs to ext4 after running into performance issues with VMs. I have two hard drives in my laptop to work with. I've successfully moved my home partition, but the ...
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mv deleted my directory. Why?

I was trying to correct the spelling on a directory, issued a mv command, and the directory is now gone. I'd like to understand--specifically--what happened. Here's the command I ran: mv ...
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Why does df show Available 0 when 1K-blocks minus Used is greater than 0? [duplicate]

Why does it show 0 in the available column? [root@server log]# df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 4128448 4096484 0 100% / It's ...
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Check the filesystem format with BusyBox (stat -f and df -T do not work)

I am using latest BusyBox v1.22.1 in my target. I want to check the filesystem type using stat -f or df -T but busybox doesn't support such commands. busybox help shows stat command as supported but ...
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How do you move files into the in-memory file system mounted at /dev/shm

Someone recently told me about /dev/shm. You all helped refine my understanding of what /dev/shm is What dev folder allows you tell the OS to cache something? The person who told me about /dev/shm ...
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Reading FreeBSD UFS formatted external drive in Mac OS X

I have an external USB drive with backup files formatted in FreeBSD's UFS file system. When I plug it into a computer running Mac OS X 10.9.4, I cannot read the drive's contents, and I don't have ...
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How to write to RAID 1 disks on Raspberry PI

I'm using Arch Linux on my Raspberry Pi, though I'm not sure that's relevant. I followed this tutorial to set up a RAID 1 array with 2 USB HDs. I then mounted the array (md0) in /media. What I ...
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Is reading a file on UNIX faster than writing a file?

Sorry for the sheer simplicity of this question. A rather obtuse performance bottleneck has boiled down to this very small query. I have done some empirical analysis and I think I might be getting ...
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Proper way to deploy my service on linux

I have a service that I wish to deploy on a Linux server. The service will be in the form of a number of executables that are started and stopped like a service using upstart of similar. Also, the ...
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Why does the mountpoint of my root filesystem change?

When I look at the output of lsblk it will usually show: lsblk NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT sda 8:0 0 298.1G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 1023M 0 part /boot └─sda2 8:2 0 ...
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how to access with Linux to the real block size info of a filesystem when it is mounted on nfs?

I have a Centos 6.5 and Solaris 5 machines. I'm trying to get the information about block size of a filesystem in the member f_frsize of statvfs. I tried first from Centos but when the filesystem is ...
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Multiple file systems on BeagleBone Black?

I'm trying to put together a BeagleBone Black using Debian on the EMMC, a separate MicroSD card and a flash USB disk (but could ostensibly be platter media on USB). My question, simply put: are there ...
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Determine if zfs is the actual filesystem [closed]

With Solaris 11 the default filesystem should be zfs, but following the official guide I obtained (with cat /etc/default/fs) LOCAL=ufs Is this an error? I thought that the same information was in ...
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why doesn't iozone generate output file?

I'm using iozone3 for tesing, on Xamin (an Debian-based OS). When I enter iozone command, for example iozone -Rab output.xls, the test runs successfully. But after running the test (after displaying ...
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harddisk not recognized / filesystem too large to mount safely on this system / hdparm shows garbage

I have a 4 TB Verbatim external hard disk with ext4. It can be successfully mounted at my Raspberry Pi. I am trying to plug it at my WD Mybook Live Duo device where I have SSH root access. When I ...
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How to copy to a formatted image without root privileges?

I have formatted an image file using the mkfs command, and I would now like to copy files to that image file without root privileges. I have already tried to mount the image to a local directory, ...
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Regarding identical copies of gedit files

When ever I save a gedit file in a directory, two copies of it get saved with identical content. Ex: If the gedit file is named as file_name and saved in Home directory then when u ls the Home ...
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Avoid infinite loops in file operations

In many programs, such as in this example filezilla, when I go to use certain directories they get stuck in an infinite loop. So I might be uploading a folder to an FTP server, but this folder links ...
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monitor file permission changes

How can I figure out which process is changing the permissions of a file? on a Debian server, I have the problem that something is changing the permissions on /dev/null every day at 6:20 (since 3 ...
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How to format a 1GB USB stick to FAT32 with 512 bytes sector?

I am trying hard to format a 1GB USB stick so that I can use it to install a new linux OS. Because the Disk utility has failed me when creating the file system. I tried to do it manually using fdisk ...
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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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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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mount info for current directory

I can do df . to get some of the info on the mount that the current directory is in, and I can get all the info I want from mount, but get to much info. I can grep it down, but am wondering if there ...
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Installing a new OpenBSD kernel “safely”: why does `make install` go through these extra hoops?

After building a new OpenBSD kernel, the install target of the kernel Makefile does the following: rm -f /obsd ln /bsd /obsd cp bsd /nbsd mv /nbsd /bsd I understand that the first two lines remove ...