The ext4 or fourth extended filesystem is a journaling file system for Linux, developed as the successor to ext3.

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Filesystem to quickly get recent modifications

I've got relatively big filesystem (ext4) with lots of small files and I'd like to backup it. Making full backups often is not feasible to me so I want to have a way to make differential/incremental ...
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Shrinking ext4 partition: fdisk won't allow to recreate the partition at the same start block

Last time I shrank a partition, it was just as easy as deleting it and recreating it from the same start sector. But this time, fdisk won't allow to recreate the partition from sector 63, it forces ...
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How to analyse timestamp in ext4 manually?

I am doing research on Ext4 and I believe I understand the fundamentals of Ext4. Ext4 stores timestamps. In my assignment, I have proposed to analyse the timestamp of Ext4 MANUALLY instead of typing ...
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A weird issue relate to ext4/lvm/raid-5 after partition recovery

I have 3 hard disks, in the following paragraphs named /dev/sda, /dev/sdb and /dev/sdc, newest came first. Note: /dev/sdc has one primary partition /dev/sdc1, one extended partition /dev/sd2, and 3 ...
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EXT and other filesystems

Is it true only NTFS needs to be defragmented? Are filesystems like ext4, 3 and 2 immune to fragmentation issues. Apple never seems to require a defragmentation so what makes some filesystems immune ...
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On Linux allow a file to be read/write but not deleted

Is there a way in Linux on a ext4 file system that I can make a file readable and writeable but not deletable? The directory that the file resides in still needs to be writeable by the owner of the ...
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How to modify the starting boundary of an ext4 partition?

There are 4 partitions on the disk. parted /dev/sda --script -- print ... 1 1049KB 50.0GB ... ext4 2 50GB 82GB ... linux-swap 3 82GB 100GB ... ext4 4 100GB 1000GB ... ext4 My goal is to ...
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Someone please explain how I'm writing to EXT4 from Windows 8.1

I'm dual booting Debian amd-64 Wheezy 7.5 and Windows 8.1 I have 6 drives and I am 100% positive that four of the drives are formatted Ext4 (Formatted in Linux) How on earth is it that when I'm in ...
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EXT4 external hard drive for use with multiple systems

I recently bought a external hard drive to store some data on. I use Linux but I am not a power user. If I format the drive to EXT4, is it possible for the permissions to ever screw up and I lose ...
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A file system operation that would incur a seek/rotational cost

I am looking to generate a workload that will do operations on a file system that will make the disk access to have rotational or seeking cost. Env details: partition size: 30 G. File system : ...
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Recover Linux ext4 partition formatted(erased) to hfs+

I have a Linux partition with ext4 and I accidentally formatted it with Mac OS X Disk Utility to HFS+ (Mac OS X Extended Journaled). I tried to recover it with http://www.r-studio.com/ on Windows but ...
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eMMC Standards and File System support

I am looking into Android secure erase functions and realized a few things: Android uses eMMC as its storage media, eMMC standards are set by the JEDEC organization (currently most of the ...
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Rescue data from ext4 ISO image?

so, my SD card got broken and cannot be read completely (escpacially the directory I want to read from has problems). I was able to create an ISO image of the partition using dd but cannot mount it. ...
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How does the number of files in the same folder affect I/O performance in an ext4 filesystem

I'm using Kyoto Cabinet (a key-value store) for my project. The specific type of DB I'm using is DirDB which creates a lot of files in a directory to store the key-value pairs. The server I'm running ...
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Weird behaviour on ext4 dd performance test

I'm testing the performance of ext3/ext4 on a raid1 system (but the same goes for a non raid system). The results from bonnie++ give a distorted image because they circumvent the delayed allocation on ...
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FreeNAS 8 and ext fs

i'm trying out freenas8 for my personal NAS, i have lots of data that was in an ubuntu server, but somehow i never got the file sharing right. on freenas things just worked. i installed on usb, tried ...
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Linux fine tuning for Vertex 3 SSD

I've been reading about optimizations for SSD disks on Linux, there is lots of info out there although very confusing and most feel outdated so I'd be grateful if someone sheds some light on the ...
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Quick way to empty a partition

I have a partition, formatted ext4, that I want to empty completely. I will be repeating this write-then-empty process repeatedly, so I want the emptying step to be as quick as possible. One option ...
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Dealing with different usernames when mounting removable media in Linux

I have a laptop in which my username is, say, "foo". I have an external drive, formatted with Ext4, for which all files are owned by "foo" (at a filesystem level). Now, I have a desktop in which my ...
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Mounting external usb harddisk (ext4) in virtual box in windows

I would like to mount my external linux formatted usb harddrive in a virtual machine. The host is windows 7. Unfortunately virtual box doesn't enumerate the external harddrive in the options menu of ...
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using setfacl to give access to another user without giving access to a group

I have a user that I use for backup, and I use setfacl to give that user access to files. However, setfacl changes the base ACL entry for group and some applications require that the base ACL entry ...
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Strange file permissions on FAT32 under Ubuntu

On my machine (Lenovo ThinkPad w510, Ubuntu 10.10) I have (at least) two logical partitions: an ext4 partition to which Ubuntu is installed; a FAT32 partition (the bigger one) on which I store all ...
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Recovering data from two partitions, one NTFS, the other ext4

I have an external HD, and it had three partitions on it. One was a 4GB ext4 filesystem ,and two others 120GB NTFS and 120 GB ext4. I created an image on the 4GB using the Linux utility dd on Fedora ...
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Does stat/lstat on nonexistent file cause a disk seek?

When searching for a library file from a right folder, my application currently does couple of lstat's for the possible locationslocations. Now I'm wondering whether these lstat's (application is ...
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Ext4 allocation pattern with random writes in sparse file

If I create a large (a few GB) sparse file in ext4, and then write randomly throughout the length until all 4k blocks have been "touched", in the absence of other heavy write load, can I expect that ...
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ext4 superblock backup locations are different from what is documented

When I format an ext4 filesystem the mkfs says: Superblock backups stored on blocks: 32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208, 4096000 My sparse_super flag is ...
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ext4 superblock checksum?

I'm reading the ext4 superblock, but its s_checksum (offset 0x3FC) is always zero. Also the s_checksum_type (offset 0x175) field is zero as well, however according to ...
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Contiguous physical allocation of a set of files in linux filesystem (ext4)

I have a set of files that I wish to be allocated contiguously in the filesystem. I will be accessing all these files sequentially in a single read one after the other and I want to optimize reading ...
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Ubuntu 12.04/xp dual boot testdisk wrote the wrong mbr to my storage disk

Using disk Utility in Ubuntu 12.04, I inadvertently formatted my 1TB ext4 storage disk to NTFS. I was in the process of doing clean installs so I just pulled the drive and set up a usb hdd dock to ...
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How do I add additional locations to the Windows 7 Recycle Bin Properties?

I have set up a home network with a small file server running Samba. I read on a forum post that by re-mapping a user folder on Windows 7 to a network drive, a reference to that drive will be added ...
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extundelete does not finish its work

I need to restore a file on sda7 so I remounted ro und startet extundelete manuel@P5KC:~/recovery/RECOVERED_FILES$ sudo extundelete --restore-all /dev/sda7 WARNING: Extended attributes are not ...
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from XEN to VMWare

I have migrated many xm virtual machine to vmware Using http://www.zoobey.com/index.php/resources/all-articles-list/268-xen-to-vmware , migrations were very smooth. But now I am struck in a xm ...
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Mounting a remote disk image which I made local via sshfs? Possible?

The core question first: Is sshfs fit to provide low-level reads/writes/seeks as required when a file contains blockdevice-like contents? Why? Well... I am trying to locally mount a filesystem-image, ...
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How to run exe files on an ext4 partition using Paragon ExtFS under Windows 7

I've tried Paragon's ExtFS to mount an ext4 partition under Windows 7. I could open documents like PDF files without any problem, and creating and deleting files seems to work well, too (I've only ...
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Install e2fslibs 1.41

I have to use extundelete for my debian, but it requires e2fslibs 1.41. The command apt-get install e2fslibs-dev installs 1.42 version that is not compatible with it. How to downgrade? I'm usingh ...
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How much data needs to be written to format a drive for ext3 / ext4?

If formatting a hard disk with mkfs.ext3 or mkfs.ext4, how many mb's will be written per mb space formatted?
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Is ok to limit writes on SSD/EXT4 by setting commit parameter in fstab?

I've installed an SSD on my / (Linux scv 3.8.0-34-generic #49~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Wed Nov 13 18:05:00 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux). If I leave the default settings in /etc/fstab I can see ...
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Mac OS X: access unlcean ext4 on TrueCrypt partition

I have two external drives (mirrored), encrypted with TrueCrypt, that host ext4 filesystems, each. I use ParagonExtFS to mount them at work, on the Macs we use there. At home, I have a Linux box. ...
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Image file can't be opened by windows store app if the file is in the Ext4's external hard disk

My question is described below: I have two disks, external hard disk and removable disk. They are formatted with EXT4. I put the same image in the disks, and use Ext2Fsd to mount the disks. I open ...
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Can grep read filenames from partially formatted filesystem?

Quick Explanation I accidentally partially (ripped the cord out when it started) formatted an ext4 partition via Ubuntu Disk Utility GUI as ext4. Presumably via mkfs or mke2fs or however it does it ...
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Does the ext4 journaling option have any affect for Windows SMB clients?

Does the ext4 journaling option have any affect for Windows SMB clients? Or is it useless and I'd perform better (better up- /download speed) without it?
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cloning a HD using dd: can this cause filesystem problems using ext4?

Background: hard drive A has a large LVM partition inside which a number of Ext4 filesystems live. hard drive B is of a different make/model and of larger size. Questions: If I image (using dd) ...
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openwrt mkfs.ext4 fails on huawei hg556a

i am trying to create a partition on an external disk and format it using mkfs.ext4, but i am receiving the following error: root@OpenWrt:/# mkfs.ext4 /dev/sda4 mke2fs 1.42.8 (20-Jun-2013) Filesystem ...
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How to recover data from ext4 partition formatted to LVM?

During Debian 7.1. installation I accidentally formatted my 60gb logical ext4 partition to LVM. I tried to recover data with testdisk and similar tools but with no success. Testdisk is unable to find ...
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setting system time at startup from ext4 filesystem

I have a pc with no battery backup and using ubuntu 12.04 with ext4 it will constantly ask me to handle the situation by saying that my superblocks last write is in the future. So I wonder - can I ...
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Setting up Fedora alongside Windows 8 with special considerations

I've recently found myself much more comfortable using the console and other tools on my Mac than their counterparts with Windows. Specifically, these tools include LaTeX/xindy, emacs and its load ...
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Cannot mount harddrive from HP ProBook via SATA-USB adapter

I'm trying to mount harddrive from HP ProBook 4525s to another computer for data backup from damaged laptop. There are two ext4 and one swap partition on hdd. I'm using SATA-USB adapter, but after I ...
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parted killed my ext4 stuff

In parted you're supposed to be able to delete a partition, make a new one, and your data will still be there. It's gone. Nothing, not even testdisk is finding the partition. If I do the same stuff ...
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Booting an EXT4 image file from GRUB2

My friend needed a fast HDD so I gave her my small 64GB SDD. This SSD had my Linux install on it. I used dd to make an image of the partition (boot, root and home on one partition). This partition is ...
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My ext4 partition became unreadable

When I boot up my PC (duel boot with Vista, which works fine) and go to ubuntu in the grub menu I get an almost immediate kernel oops. Errors include (from memory) /dev, /proc & /sys doesn't ...