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I'm now studying Linux file system and curious about how to read an i-node with a i-node # get from ls -i? Seems fsdb in Unix is such a tool but didn't find its correspondent in Linux.

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debugfs from e2fsprogs works on ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystems. Use its stat command; the inode number must be given in < >.

# debugfs /dev/sdz1
debugfs:  stat <42>

For JFS, inode in jfs_debugfs (jfsutils):

# jfs_debugfs /dev/sdz1
> inode 42

For XFS, use xfs_db (xfsprogs):

# xfs_db /dev/sdz1
xfs_db> inode 42
xfs_db> print

For NTFS, use ntfsinfo (ntfsprogs):

# ntfsinfo -i 42 /dev/sdz1
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