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Solaris, EMC VNX and HDS

So, I'm migrating a storage from HDS to EMC and unfortunately they are on the same FC card and port. This is on Solaris 11.1. Since they both require different options I need to set up that the luns ...
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How sane are my hard disks? [on hold]

Some time ago, my professor dropped a fact(oid) in lecture about Microsoft researchers finding a correlation between data integrity and hard disks passing through flight (i.e. their people taking ...
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Mount exFAT file system as user without hardcoding

I've "solved" the following problem, but not in a desirable way. First, mounting exFAT file systems in Linux was truly as simple as this site says. The catch is, "as long as you are root." A user ...
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Incremental file back up by date

Is there any backup tool that supports partial back up by date? What I mean is that I have some small drives such as on a laptop that can't hold a full copy of all the files on an external 2TB drive. ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (btrfs)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (I am asking for tool for btrfs filesystem) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like ...
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Ways to store data for command line API

I am developing an API in Unix environment for virtual machines. I have to store some information in a table about virtual machines. Currently I am using python dictionary of virtual machine objects ...
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Where is the LVM area which is not usable by LVM?

pvdisplay reports some portion of the LVM physical volume as not usable. And I need to know where this is located. To my knowledge there are ... a) space which could not be filled with an ...
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Inaccessible USB Mass Storage Device (Bricked Garmin device)

I've got a running GPS watch (Garmin Forerunner 210, fwiw) which recently got bricked during a firmware update. Let's assume for point of discussion that an rma is not possible, so I'd really like to ...
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Why the size of an empty directory in Linux is 4KB? [duplicate]

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and I made an empty directory on /tmp with the mkdir command: cd /tmp mkdir foo and then I checked it's size using ls: ls -ldh foo and the result shows that the size of ...
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storage server all nfs users on full 666 file permissions

How can I setup a shared storage location on a storage server shared via CIFS and NFS and all files written by CIFS and all users via NFS to write files and folders with full read/write permissions ...
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Filesystem and mount point

I am confused with which path should I give to store the file. host# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/xvda2 ...
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Finding all storage devices attached to a Linux machine

I have a need to find all of the writable storage devices attached to a given machine, whether or not they are mounted. The dopey way to do this would be to try every entry in /dev that corresponds ...
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How do pdflush, kjournald, swapd, etc interoperate?

Recently saw a question that sparked this thought. Couldn't really find an answer here or via the Google machine. Basically, I'm interested in knowing how the kernel I/O architecture is layered. For ...
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Can I make a USB port on my Linux computer look like a mass storage device?

I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 on my PC. I want to make one USB port on my computer appear as if it is a USB mass storage device to other devices. In other words, something connected to this USB port will ...
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Mounting LUN in AIX

I have LUN created and added to AIX, I know this because once I created the LUN and the name I gave in the IBM storage is displayed and also I used the following commands chdev -l hdisk7 -a pv=yes ...
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FreeBSD 10 with Root-on-ZFS using only a part of the disk

I'm having a bit of trouble here. I'll try and be as concise as possible in describing my objective: I'm setting up a storage server for my employer, using two Intel DC S3500 series 120GB solid state ...
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Is it possible to manually manage a Solid State Hybrid Drive?

I'm about to buy a new laptop which has a SSHD. It stands for Solid State Hybrid Drive, which means it has a big, regular HDD with a small, usually 8GB SSD to cache frequently accessed files. Now ...
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How to properly unplug/plug removable LVM2 device?

How to properly unplug (remove) and later plug (insert) removable (hot-plug, usb etc) storage device with LVM2 on it ? I've found this note Remove (unplug, eject): lvchange -an ...
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Reduce cache size of flash storage devices

For various benefits Linux uses a memory cache for writes to removable stogare devices like memory sticks. This cache seems to be quite large on my system, which leads to some annoying behavior. For ...
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`crontab -e` sometimes fails with “Creation of temporary crontab file failed”

From time to time crontab -e fails on me on a Ubuntu box. It is the same for all users including the root and crontab -eu <user> under the root. Goes like this on a regular basis, a success here ...
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SSD seems full, but file system says otherwise [duplicate]

I'm running CentOS and have a 100GB Micron RealSSD P300. It appears that the drive is almost full, as noted by running df: Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda3 ...
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Protecting data against bit rot

I have realized that I need to protect all of my photographs against bit rot (file corruption occurring at random due to errors in hard drives or network transfer). I recently discovered par2 which ...
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slow media - disk cache tuning?

Is there any way to make the system more consistent when using LUKS? (or slow storage in general) as it is everything is snappy until the write buffer is full, then everything grinds to a halt as the ...
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Does using full-disk encryption affect the probability of losing data in case of storage errors?

So.. if there is a bad block on the HDD, what can survive better? not using FDE (full disc encryption) using FDE - since the whole disk has "1 partition" - the encrypted one, isn't it more likely to ...
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Multipath to a logical volume in a staging VM

How do I configure multipath in testing VM (purpose is purely academical)? I made new logical volume, modified multipath.conf to be as follows: defaults { udev_dir /dev ...
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Hard Disk Space Shows in One Place, Shows Less in “Computer” Folder?

I have 320 Hard Disk but in the picture in Computer Properties, it says capacity is 45GB. Which is obviously not true.Anyone know why? I don't want to have less storage than I do in real life, I want ...
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Why can I not see some files in my USB stick on Windows that I can see on Linux?

I'm having a little problem with my USB stick. There are files and folders on the USB stick I can see and manipulate on my Linux machine (Fedora 20) but some of those files and folders appear nowhere ...
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How to use one nic for storage traffic & other for network traffic in Linux(Slackware)?

Problem I have a Linux machine (Slackware) with two network interface cards and i want to use one interface for network traffic and other for storage traffic . As this is Slackware i dont know this ...
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Something like VMware “Changed Block Tracking” (CBT) in linux

I'm wondering if is there any possibility to track changed blocks in linux with an ext3/ext4 filesystem (or a specific one supporting it). I mean a feture like the Changed Block Tracking (CBT) ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (ext3,ext4)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (ext3,ext4) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like FSArchiver is looking for "used space" ...
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Which media to use for backing up data of my laptop? [closed]

I work at home on my laptop installed with Windows 7 & Ubuntu 13.04. I have stopped working on Windows since much time & would continue to work on Linux only. I have all my important data in ...
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What is the effect of rsync --block-size on large files?

I want to backup a few terabytes of large files (500mb to 1500mb each) to a backup server (BULK storage) via rsync. For this I use the following command (updated with suggestions from @Gilles): ...
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Set PERM_WRITE_PROTECT on an SD card

From what I read here and here I gather that there is a bit on SD cards called PERM_WRITE_PROTECT that will allow me to make an SD card read only. Is it possible to set this bit from Linux? If so, ...
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I can't find tape device file inside /dev directory

I'm using tape storage drive HP LTO3 1x8 auto-loader which is connected to my server running CentOS. it is detected in CentOS correctly. cat /proc/scsi/scsi Host: scsi2 Channel: 00 Id: 01 Lun: 00 ...
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Disc light comes on when pressing keys in Iceweasel Preferences? Is this malevolent?

On Linux,I'm using the Iceweasel web browser (it's effectively Firefox), and in Edit/Preferences/General/Startup, when I type a URL into the "Home Page" box, the hard disc light comes on for EVERY ...
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Qlogic HBA issue

We have running server with attached SAN storage and everything was fine. However last week we moved our server blade to a new chassis. Everything is same, we just add new WWN in Brocade SAN switch to ...
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Where does bash store the time commands were executed?

Enabling history to display time via export HISTTIMEFORMAT='%F %T ' shows the times of the commands but .bash_history doesn't contain any times. Where does bash store the times the commands were ...
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How does ZFS grow/scale?

I am wondering how would one design a ZFS system to build something that is massively scalable, along the lines of your favorite cloud storage, but with all the neat benefits the come with ZFS. A ...
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Does configuring iscsi target and iscsi initiator in two linux nodes and using ethernet cable for communication make it SAN?

I'm using freeNAS to share an extent via iSCSI to my another Linux box using Ethernet cable. It work as a block storage. So SAN work as a block storage. Now, in my scenario is it working as a NAS or ...
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rsync move files, leave directories?

I'm using rsync to copy data between my internal and external hard drives. It's done what I need, but I'm running out of room on my internal hard drive. So, is there any way to get rsync to function ...
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Software RAID 1 with dissimilar size and performance drives

Background I was experimenting with a home server setup in a small box I had that was supposed to be a media centre but never found much use. I installed CentOS 6.5 in a software RAID1 configuration ...
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Move boot disk on SAN storage on Solaris 10

I'm looking for some infos/official docs/howto for migrating boot disks in a production enviroment server from internal disks to SAN on Solaris 10. It's possible for every kind of hw? It's also ...
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linux: How can I view all UUIDs for all available disks on my system?

My /etc/fstab contains this: # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation UUID=77d8da74-a690-481a-86d5-9beab5a8e842 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1 There are several other disks on ...
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Too large cache causes disks to grind, I/O to drop

This is a followup question to my earlier problem. In short I was experiencing massive I/O drops together with not-so-violent disk grinding, and with help I found out that the big caches were the ...
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How to migrate data from server to server with as little downtime as possible?

I have a server running dovecot using the maildir format with a fairly large userbase (10k users or so) with each user having around a GB quota. The actual mail directories are stored on a separate ...
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Mount an SD card over USB?

I'm currently using: insmod g_file_storage.ko file=/dev/mmcblk0p1 stall=0 removable=1 This works as I can see the device in Windows. However when it comes to changing a file, the changes are not ...
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Can you identify transport via sysfs?

I'm writing a script, and I'm interested in being able to identify the transport class (fc - "fibre channel", scsi, iscsi, etc.) for a given block device. I can retrieve this information via ls -l ...
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Is it possible to change the sector size of a partition for zfs raidz pool in linux?

I've been migrating a zfs raidz pool on linux to new discs via virtual devices which were sparse files. I've used partitions on the discs as the discs are different sizes of 1.9T each. The last disc ...
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Linux EMC scan Lun not working

We have CX4-120 EMC SAN storage, I expend existing LUN size to 20GB but now i am not able to see any cylinder changes on host fdisk -l output. Following command i am running to re-scan my hda or LUN ...
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mknod of content in directory

I would like to create a virtual device from a directory i.e. you know, there's these cloud storage providers like dropbox and co and they generally have a software client and then give you access to ...