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What is a Superblock, Inode, Dentry and a File?

From the article Anatomy of the Linux file system by M. Tim Jones, I read that Linux views all the file systems from the perspective of a common set of objects and these objects are superblock, inode, ...
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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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How can I increase the number of inodes in an ext4 filesystem?

I had a problem (new to me) last week. I have a ext4 (Fedora 15) filesystem. The application that runs on the server suddenly stopped. I couldn't find the problem at first look. df showed 50% ...
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How do I count all the files recursively through directories

I want to see how many files are in subdirectories to find out where all the inode usage is on the system. Kind of like I would do this for space usage du -sh /* which will give me the space used ...
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Why does a software package run just fine even when it is being upgraded?

Say I am running a software, and then I run package manager to upgrade the software, I notice that Linux does not bring down the running process for package upgrade - it is still running fine. How ...
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How can I find the number of files on a filesystem?

I want to know how many files I have on my filesystem. I know I can do something like this: find / -type f | wc -l This seems highly inefficient. What I'd really like is to do is find the total ...
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List all files with the same inode number?

Lets say, when I do ls -li inside a directory, I get this: 12353538 -rw-r--r-- 6 me me 1650 2013-01-10 16:33 fun.txt As the output shows, the file fun.txt has 6 hard links; and the inode number is ...
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Can a file be retrieved by its inode?

I ran following commands in the order specified: $ln a b $ls -i a b 523669 a 523669 b $rm -f a $ls -i b 523669 b I concluded from this test that the command rm actually removes only the filename (a ...
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Quickly find which file(s) belongs to a specific inode number

I know of this command: find /path/to/mountpoint -inum <inode number> but it is a very slow search, I feel like there has to be a faster way to do this. Does anybody know a faster method?
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Is it possible to change Inode count on an ext4 filesystem? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I increase the number of inodes in an ext4 filesystem? I have a homemade NAS with Debian Wheezy 64bit. It has three disks - 2x2TB and 1.5TB, pooled together ...
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why inode value changes when we edit in “vi” editor?

When I edit a file in "vi" editor the inode value of the file is changing. But when edited with cat command the inode value is not changing.
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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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Is it possible to rename a file or directory using the inode?

I changed the /home directory to a different partition and couldn't access the files from it, something I have been able to solve from this question - How do you access the contents of a previous ...
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Finding all the hard-links of a file without traversing the file system

I have seen in this page that inodes have a link counter to know how many files (read: "directory entry") point to this inode. Is there a way to know which directories contain such entries without ...
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Memory size for kernel mmap operation

I'm interested in the way Linux mmaps files into the main memory (in my context its for executing, but I guess the mmap process is the same for writing and reading as well) and which size it uses. So ...
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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: ...
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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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Portable way to find inode number

At first I used stat -c %i file (to help detect the presence of a jail), which seemed to work on any Linux distribution under the sun. On OS X' I had to use ls -i file | cut -d ' ' -f 1. Is there ...
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Drawbacks of increasing number of inodes in EXT4

I am currently using backintime to take "snapshots" of my file system. It is similar to rsnapshot in that it, makes hard links to unchanged files. I have recently run out of inodes on my EXT4 ...
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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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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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What are inodes good for?

I wonder if storing the information about files in inodes instead of directly in the directory is worth the additional overhead. It may be well that I'm overestimating the overhead or overlooking some ...
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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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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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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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On what occasion will inode change?

I checked manual of find , and there's an option -ctime which specify the last modification time of inode. But on what occasion would inode change ? When is that option useful ?
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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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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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Is there an inode for a directory?

Each file has an inode. Is there an inode for every directory ? If not, how does Linux manage directories.
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“mv” file with garbled name by inode number?

I have several files with encoding issues in their file names (German umlauts, burned on CD with Windows, read by Windows and synced to Linux with Seafile. Something, somewhere went wrong...). Bash ...
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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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Is there a tool to create a hard link to an unlinked inode?

Assume you have a filename/directory name, whatever, which is hard linked to inode 6400. Alas, the file/directory actually exists (completely intact, and maybe it only lives in a single data block, ...
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ext4 directory lists as a file

I'm working with a large (8TB) EXT4 filesystem in linux. After a power outage, the filesystem wouldn't mount. fsck is taking weeks to complete, but i ran testdisk and i'm able to see my partition ...
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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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Storing thousands of files in one directory

I have a web-site that I'm checking for performance issues and bugs, and i came across a caching code that caches thousands of files into one single directory. I understand that this is not good and ...
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What is using trillions of inodes on my almost empty server? [closed]

I have 18446744069923968593 inodes (which seem really too much) and much more problematic: I have 18446744069414835186 used so the system won't create any other file (even if the disk is almost ...
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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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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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how can “several file nodes” be associated with a single inode?

I am trying to learn about iNodes and file permissions. I thought that there is one inode that holds the permissions for a single file. The OS pulls a single inode into memory to check permissions for ...
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How to find inode number using “find” command?

How do you find the inode number of the name of files that start with a particular keyword like "test"? We'll assume that there are files called: test, test1, test2.
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tripwire report - inode number

Hi I am investigating tripwire and have stumbled upon something which i am unsure about. in a tripwire report generated after i modified hosts.deny to include an extra # I noticed the inode number ...
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Can I create a file on ext4 with a depth > 1 for testing purposes?

In order to test an analysis tool, I need a file where the depth (eh.eh_depth) is greater than 1. I've tried a couple of things: A large file (1GiB) Creating hundreds of smaller files (1MiB), ...
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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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Location of inodes (ext)?

Say I want to observe how the flow from file name to cluster on hard disc goes. I get the inode number of I file (which is mapped in a directory data): 1863 autorun.inf So, now i know that i have ...
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inode limitation on a 500GB hard disk? Can you explain please?

I am launching a social networking website on LAMP Stack on Linux Ubuntu, I know that people are going to upload lots of pictures. Let's say I have 5000 users and each user upload a minimum of 100 ...
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If I grow an ext4 partition, will it increase the number of inodes available?

If I create a small filesystem, and grow it when I need to, will the number of inodes increase proportionally? I want to use Docker with the overlay storage driver. This can be very inode hungry ...
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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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Filesystem and journal layout

Is there any tools or some way in linux which can be used to view internals of filesystems ? How to view the inode related structures and journal ? and cached pages of files (pagecache).
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Recovering files using extundelete

I've accidentally deleted some files in my package managers's cache after an update (so I've deleted all packages that were downloade and unforunately they weren't even installed). Here's what I've ...
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Foremost file naming - Recovery of file names from inodes

I'm hoping this is not a stupid question. (apologies if it is) I have been asked to recover some files from a corrupt Linux partition. The partition data is shot to pieces but i have been able to ...