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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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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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-bash: /usr/sbin/useradd: Input/output error — What does this mean?

Today, on my Centos server I tried to add a user but got the following error: -bash: /usr/sbin/useradd: Input/output error How do I fix it?
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How can I use DD to migrate data from an old drive to a new drive?

I am upgrading the internal SATA hard drive on my laptop from a 40G drive to a 160G drive. I have a Linux/Ubuntu desktop which has a SATA card. I would actually like to do the same thing for a couple ...
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What is the best practice for adding disks in LVM

According to the Linux manpages you can add raw disks as well as partitions to a volume group. In other documentation (RedHat, CentOS or openSUSE), all examples refer to adding partitions to the VG ...
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Understand output of `udevadm info -a -n /dev/sdb`

I plug an external HDD into my laptop. I try to find out the information by $ udevadm info -a -n /dev/sdb Udevadm info starts with the device specified by the devpath and then walks up the chain of ...
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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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ReFS but for Linux

Microsoft is going to bring a "Resilient FileSystem" with Windows 8, but only for servers. I'd like that on a Linux desktop, but my search reveals no contender. There are so many filesystems for ...
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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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Load balanced & Redundant Storage on FreeBSD [closed]

Did Google for this the last week, still can't find any reasonable solutions for FreeBSD. Most of the articles contain solutions for a fail-over storage only (FreeBSD HAST). This is NOT what I'm ...
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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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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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Mount exFAT file system as user without specifying /dev/sdX1 in /etc/fstab

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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Permission denied when trying to access mounted windows NFS

Full disclosure: I'm a complete noob with NFS and have very little idea what I'm doing. After hours of googling, I ended up here. I am trying to mount an NFS folder that I have set up on a WIN08 ...
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How do I determine the make & model of my storage devices? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I find out what hard disks are in the system? I'm running a CentOS 5.5 system. This system has 4 disks and a 3ware RAID controller. How can I determine the make ...