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How to influence the inode number, e.g. at fs restore?

Files in *nix filesystems almost ever have an associated inode number. In most cases users seem not to deal very much with those inode numbers, as they use filenames (i.e. a hierarchical ...
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Why debugfs doesn't show crtime in nanoseconds?

I am using: debugfs -R 'stat <7473635>' /dev/sda7 to get the file creation time (crtime). Inode: 7473635 Type: regular Mode: 0664 Flags: 0x80000 Generation: 1874934325 Version: ...
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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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ext4: How to save free blocks / inodes to a file

I'd like to save all free blocks / inodes from an ext4 file system to one or more files for further analysis and file recovery. It would be good to create one file for every contiguous set of free ...
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Where are my inodes going?

My root filesystem is running out of inodes. If this were an issue of disk space, I'd use du -s to get a top-level overview of where the space is going, then head down the directory tree to find ...
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Create five copies of file with the same inode number

How can I create five copies of /etc/profile with the same inode number?
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Why does first inode of the `/` mounted partition and inode of `/` is different?

[~]$ stat -c %i / 2 As you can see in above, the inode for / is 2. But the First inode of /dev/sda2 is 11. [~]$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 ...
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Kernel current working directory and inode information placement

I'm reading some doc about UNIX but I don't understand two things: Why is important for the kernel to know the current working directory of the running process? Why not keeping the inode information ...
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Why does renaming a file with mv command alter an inode's “change” date & time?

A file hello.c is renamed to hi.c. As the output of stat command shows, [change] time stamp has been changed. usually it is changed when inode of file got modified. Why renaming with mv command ...
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keep same inodes metadata with rsync or ignore metadata with du

I'm trying to synchronize two folders from a remote computer. I want to use rsync to send the folder, and du to check if the space used is identical on the remote computer. The problem is even with a ...
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Exundelete can't restore the file

I'm trying to restore 2 important tar.gz files I know their directory but extundelete not restoring them although it's giving me the inode number. Loading filesystem metadata ... 2127 groups loaded. ...
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Manipulate multiple files by inode

I have a large number of files that contain backslashes \ that I would like to manipulate, but whenever I try something like: $ ls -li 2036553851 -rw-rw-r-- 1 user user 6757 May 20 00:10 ...
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ext4 file system tuning for storage partition

I searched the Internet, but I was not able to find a satisfying answer to my problem. The Problem I'm encountering currently is, that I'm transitioning my data from a NTFS Partition to a ext4 ...
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How many inodes do I need to access to read a file?

Imagine I want to access the blocks of file /hello/file. How many inodes should I walt through? I guess two, since I should not go through the root inode, right?
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Limit the inode cache used by a command

I want to run a task with limits on the kernel objects that they will indirectly trigger. Note that this is not about the memory, threads, etc. used by the application, but about memory used by the ...
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What does an inode for a socket contain?

I read somewhere that the inode for a TCP socket would contain the buffer space. Is that true, and if so, does it mean that the inode contains a memory address for the buffer space used by the ...
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Why does '/' have the inode 2?

On many *nix systems like OS X and Ubuntu, We can see the inode of root directory is 2. Then what is the inode 1 used for?
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How to setup boot scripts to save orphan inodes after improper shutdown?

after abnormal shutdown in dmesg I have [ 16.107445] EXT4-fs (dm-1): INFO: recovery required on readonly filesystem [ 16.107450] EXT4-fs (dm-1): write access will be enabled during recovery [ ...
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Does the inode change when renaming or moving a file?

in PHP the fileinode() functions returns the inode of a file. I was wondering if I can use it to determine if a file was renamed, moved or modified. I did some tests and it seems the inode stays the ...
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What is the downside of having many inodes?

Too few inodes can result in you not being able to store anymore files. What is the the downside of having many inodes ? (more than default)
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How to speed up directory listing on high-inode partitions?

I have almost 7,000 files in a single directory which makes loading that particular directory a tedious and time-consuming one. Is there any way to list and perform operations on files in that ...
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How to display metainformation for different kinds of time of a file ?

As far as I know each name within a path, e.g. /name1/name2/name3, is allocated to one inode. This inode is a collection of meta information for each name (file or directory). Some of these ...
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Should I increase inode count for a rsync backup volume?

Considering rsync used for incremental OS backup creates hardlink farms for all non-differing files, if I use it to backup a large, slowly-changing system regularly to a dedicated volume, I'm worried ...
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What are the implications of using an inode_ratio of 16384 in terms of storage use on ext4?

I'm assuming that this means that if the average file stored (including directories etc) is less than 16384 bytes, it may be possible to run out of inodes before using the full storage capacity of the ...
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How does one set up a Linode with a certain number of inodes?

Normally when one creates a Linode, they choose a plan, and then deploy a Linux distribution, and choose how much of the disk to allocate. Normally there is a swap partition and a main partition. But ...
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Number of occupied inodes via Quota?

Need help in determining how to do the following: Using the quota command, what is the number of occupied inodes by you in your pool account home directory? Find them out, with what type of file how ...
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How to use all the inodes

Without creating a file can I use any inode which is free? I want to write a script that will use all free inodes in the system. is it possible?
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At Backup, when would the filesystems inode numbers matter?

background: Being somewhat of a coward I have up to now dd whole filesystems for backup. Major drawback has become the excessive use of memory for those complete backups (which unfortunatelly also ...
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Why does find -inum iterate through the whole filesystem tree?

It surprises me to see find iterate/walk through the complete filesystem when I do a simple find -inum 12345 Without background info it seems to me that there should be much easier ways for to tell ...
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How are large directories stored (one inode or many?)

I've been studying up on the ext2 file system and inodes, and I'm not quite understanding a few things. How big is an inode? The output from tune2fs says its 256 for my system, so is that 256 byes? ...
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Unreferenced inodes on EC2 linux instance

I have an Amazon EC2 instance which I am using as a NFS file server. It's using a 5x1TB volume RAID0 array. The system is very I/O intensive and files are being written/copied/deleted through the NFS ...
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bad inodes reappear after fsck() for vps guests

I have several vps guests that were created by virt-resize. I do daily backups on the guests by creating a snapshot and rsync file contents. But some of them don't have a clean disk image. As soon as ...
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Ran out of inodes on NFS

I have a RHEL 6 box with an NFS mount, mounted using autofs. I copied a big folder, with a lot of small files there, and used up all of my inodes, but I still have 80% of my storage space left, this ...
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Does tar create new inodes to be archived?

When tar is asked to archive a directory, does it create a new inode for each file system object? If yes, how does it query and save the meta-data? Won't the format of storing this inode metadata vary ...
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What's the difference between modification date and inode's modification date?

I've just found some interesting information for me in man stat: a, m, c, B The time file was last accessed or modified, of when the inode was last changed, or the birth time of the inode. But ...
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Where have all my inodes gone?

Today, I ran out of inodes on one of my VPSs. I deleted a bunch of superfluous small files, freeing enough inodes to make the system operational again: Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted ...
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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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How do I find the inode of any directory?

There is literally nothing on google that I can find that will help me answer this question. I presume it is passing some other parameter to ls -i?
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link count of deleted files

I am reading in man lsof that +L enables the listing of file link counts. A specification of the form "+L1" will select open files that have been unlinked. I don't understand why deleted files ...
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Work out the link count of inode number?

How can I work out the link count of an inode number? If I know the inode number is, say, 592255 - what workings out can I do to find out the link count? I know directories have a link count of at ...
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Difference between xattr and chattr

What is the relation and the difference between xattr and chattr? I want to know when I set a chattr attribute in Linux what is happening inside the Linux kernel and inode metadata.
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Find where inodes are being used

So I received a warning from our monitoring system on one of our boxes that the number of free inodes on a filesystem was getting low. df -i output shows this: Filesystem Inodes IUsed ...
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When do inode modification times change? [closed]

I am currently reading UNIX by Bach. I encountered a problem while reading the section on inodes in the 4th chapter. A file modified time is shown as 1:45pm but the inode modified time is shown as ...
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Why restrict the number of inodes a user can access?

It appears that it is possible on a network mount to set a quota on how much space a user can consume. # edquota ramesh Disk quotas for user ramesh (uid 500): Filesystem blocks ...
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Where are information stored information about hard/soft links

Where does the *nix system store information about number of hard links to a specific inode? I can't find any information about that. Everywhere what a hard link is but rarely a bit more advanced ...
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Mail queue keep growing

My server keeps running short on inodes due the mail queue getting crazy. First, I assumed I had postfix not configured properly, so I switched it off. But, it happened again, last time I did it I had ...
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Why does the Linux kernel report “out of disk space” when in reality it is out of i-nodes

A friend of mine who likes programming in the Linux environment, but doesn't know much about the administration of Linux recently ran into a problem where his OS (Ubuntu) was reporting "out of disk ...
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Linux: How does hard-linking to a directory work?

I'm aware that Linux does not allow hard-linking to a directory. I read somewhere, that this is to prevent unintentional loops (or graphs, instead of the more desirable tree structure) in the ...
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Is a -rw-rw-rw- file really inaccessible inside a drwxrwx— directory?

Say I have a directory with these permissions: drwxrwx--- Inside this directory, a file with these permissions: -rw-rw-rw- Is the file readable/writable by everyone or not ? If not, how secure ...
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what does a “deleted file” entry look like in the journal

I hope I've got this right: A file's inode contains data such as inode number, time of last modification, ownership etc. – and also the entry: »deletion time«. Which made me curious: ...