A filesystem is a method of storing and organizing computer files and their data.

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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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Aufs Whiteout removal

I'm using AUFS for merging 100+ branches for a project. At runtime, I frequently add or remove few branches. Now, If I have a branch named "firefox-21.0" and If I update/modify one of it's file then ...
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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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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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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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aufs with lower writable branch

I'm trying to hide some directories on a mounted file system (it's not about security, just aesthetics). I've mounted the file system regularly on /mnt/data and wanted to use aufs to overlay a ...
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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 use Reiser4 on Debian Wheezy?

Is there an easy way to use Reiser4 on Debian Wheezy? I installed reiser4progs but obviously I need a patched Kernel as well to use it. Is there some semi-officially maintained kernel to install ...
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How can I unveal files on my external hard drive?

I copied a big folder (around 110 GB) from my (Mac 10.7.5) computer onto a hard drive (exFAT). It took quite some time and afterwards I even checked that the files were actually there. After more ...
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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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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 is default readahead value determined

I have two different devices running XFS and the default readahead value set differs between the two disks. Why is that ? How is the default size computed ? Is it device dependent ? I might also add ...
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Replacing default initramfs with my own

I followed this article to develop my own sample intramfs.cpio Now I have to put this in my kernel and compile. The procedure that I follw for petlinux is that I first run petalinux-config (and ...
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Citrix XenServer, all packages appear to be 32bit

I'm hoping to use Citrix XenServer for a group of 4/5 machines. One of these machines has 18TB of storage (after RAID5 is taken into account). I've installed XenServer and mkfs.ext3 is the only ...
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How to use fslint (in particular findnl) on the command line to actually mimic the behavior of the fslint-gui?

So I am trying the fslint tools. However, the help included in those tools as well as the man page don't indicate that the cleanup actions offered by the fslint-gui are also available through fslint ...
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What forms of discretionary access control are there?

I know it's kind of an unguided question, but just so I have a broader sense of how things are I was interested in getting a reasonably complete list of discretionary access controls available on Unix ...
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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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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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kernel: “echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs”

I got this errors in syslog. Any idea what does it mean? The system is running on Ubuntu 12.04, kernel: 3.8.0-35-generic #52~precise1 It looks to me like failure when trying to write to disk... ...
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How to blacklist bad blocks from a MD-raid + dm-crypt + ext4?

I have a ext4 partition, on top of a dm-crypt, on top of a MD-RAID 10. One partition (/dev/sdc1) dropped out of the array with a ton of read errors. I ran the manufacturer provided diagnostic tool ...
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Problem with openSUSE 12.3 dual-boot installation (with Windows 7)

I have a current Windows 7 64 bit installation that I'm using and I wish to create an openSUSE 12.3 partition on my HDD (not my SSD Windows drive). I used the Windows Disk Management tool to shrink my ...
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unionfs filesystem

I recently learned about unionfs and aufs and would like to put it to some real use. The scenario I have in mind is the following. Boot a machine with ubuntu on it which will serve as our base. Make ...
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How can I delete data from in a hexdump file from one offset to another?

I've created a disk image which was zeroed, formatted to ext4 file system, and then had several various files copied to it. I'm trying to extract these files using a combination of xxd and dd, but ...
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How to set up ZFS with ZIL and L2ARC SSD?

I have been considering bcache and flashcache. However my friend suggested me something called ZFS. In fact it says that formating disk with ZFS can actually do the exact same thing without kernel ...
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Directly convert Archbang live on a USB drive to one such with persistent file-system

I have installed Archbang 2012.12.03 from ISO image on my USB drive, now I have a USB drive with a live Linux installed on it but at end of every session and rebooting system I faced with a fresh ...
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Creating a Virtual filesystem to boot linux

I am trying to boot the linux kernel (bzImage) in QEMU but have had issues. After asking on U&L I found out that my problem was that I was booting the kernel without a filesystem to boot from. So ...
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Negative hdd usage. Available is larger than fullsize

Having issues with space accounting of lvm volume. 23G is available. But the full size of the partition is 20G. (So, it shows "-4.1G used" 0_O) > df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% ...
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Unable to access Linux share from a Windows machine with NT_STATUS_BAD_NETWORK_NAME error

On the Linux machine I changed the smb.conf like this: [john] path = /root/john/downloads available = yes valid users = john read only = no browsable = yes public = yes writable = yes The path ...
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memtester runs faster after couple of runs

I am using this test tool : http://pyropus.ca/software/memtester/ And I noticed that first 3 iterations take 4 hours but 30 iterations take only 12 hours. I was hoping that 30 iterations will take 40 ...
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How can I determine how directories/filesystems have been mounted?

I have access to a VM which on a different network at work using NIS. (Debian by the way) This VM has about 10 extra /directories in / when I log in. They do not exist on that VM alone, they are ...
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How to access storage device related events with Zeitgeist?

I am trying to get my mind around Zeitgeist, using the Python DBus API. To get the latest accessed files and application is not so hard, here is what I do: #! /usr/bin/env python from ...
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/etc/fstab is mounting rw filesystem as read-only

A partition of my internal hard drive (not the root partition) I want to mount automatically on boot. I've been using /etc/fstab to mount my external backup drive automatically read-only, so this is ...
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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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NFS mounting wrong File System

I have followed this How To ( https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SettingUpNFSHowTo ). My machine has a file system 30GB and other File System of 1TB mounted on /backup As this How To says to create a ...
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Is it safe to use lvresize -r to reduce LVM

I know I can increase the size of file system and LV in one go using lvresize -r but is it safe to use the sam approach to reduce a LV file system ? here is the man page of -r -r, --resizefs ...
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Trouble getting Exfat formatted drive to mount

I've just performed a new install of arch linux (3.15.3-1) on a macbook pro 8.2 All of my data is on an exfat drive, and I've installed exfat-utils. However, when I try mount -t exfat /dev/sdb1 ...
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Mount (or makefs or tunefs or cap or…) option to disallow symlinks?

(Other than mkfs.vfat, that is.) Is there a way in Linux to have a filesystem mounted but to prevent symlinks from being made on it? It's fine if this needs to happen at the time the filesystem is ...
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Unable to make file system writtable no matter what

I have a flash card SanDisk of a camera which I plug in into my computer: $ lsblk mmcblk0 179:0 0 3.7G 1 disk └─mmcblk0p1 179:1 0 3.7G 1 part $ mount /dev/mmcblk0p1 on ...
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No filesystem could mount root, tried: jffs2

CPU: ARM Cortex A-9 This is the kernel command line that I appears in configuration menu root=mtd:jffs2 rw rootfstype=jffs2 console=ttyps0,115200 I have put three files in flash: BOOT.BIN in mtd0 ...
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Fedora Update and /var space problems

I have just installed Fedora 20 (KDE) and the system informed me that I should get updates. I checked everything and accepted to install additional ones. It got to a certain point (around 10%) and it ...
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How not to boot from RAMDISK?

My all files and folders get disappeared after a system reboot. I am running petalinux on zynq chip by xilinx. I got some hint why is this happening. Actually my entire system is booting from RAM. ...
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CentOS 6.5 File system permission?

I am wondering, i have installed CentOS 6.5 Live-DVD in my company PC. After all the LAMP installation is done, am having a trouble with the File System permission settings. In the File system ...
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Big file overwriten with a 0B file

I just opend for write (by mistake) a big file with data (about 200 MB). Now I have this file and it has 0B. I want to know If I can find raw data on disk for recovery... ?
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touch: setting times of No such file or directory

I got strange issue with TeamCity server (from log-file): [2013-12-26 16:48:52,915] WARN - jetbrains.buildServer.SERVER - Failed to save custom data to the file: ...
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What's the problem with fsck.ext3?

It seems there is some problem with my HDD in my satellite box. The box records to and plays video from the HDD, but occasionally it hangs (it was stable before). It's Linux version ...