A file system is the specification of how files in a computer should be stored, named and organized. This tag should be used for generic file system questions. For specific file system questions (FAT, NTFS, ext4, ...) use the appropriate tag instead.

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Did I accidentally corrupt the filesystem using VIM and Netrw?

I am using Mac OS X. I accidentally did the following: vim /path/to/directory I meant to open a file, but instead I opened a directory. VIM was excessively helpful, so it opened Netrw. I did not ...
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Does this idea of a distributed filesystem already exists?

I have two laptops and two desktops, and keeping their files in sync is getting frustrating. I have an idea of what would make me happy but, before I code it myself, I decided to ask if this already ...
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Got a new hard drive and would like to setup file system [closed]

I just finished assembling a new computer. I installed Windows 7 on my 250GB SSD, and everything is working fine. I've now plugged a 1TB HDD, and formatted it to allow windows to place files on it. ...
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How to add an additional drive to an existing ZFS RAIDZ-1 in Proxmox?

I've a ZFS installation in Proxmox, in particular a RAIDZ-1 file system, for testing purposes (before going on production with this setup) I've added a new drive to the machine, but I'm blocked on ...
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Software for easy detection and storing name of the process, that created file or folder?

Is there any program that can show me in Windows Explorer what process has created some folders or files? It would be great to see not only file name, size, modification date and etc. but also name of ...
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What exactly is a Linux filesystem? [closed]

I am having trouble understanding exactly what a Linux filesystem is. I understand it is the "directory" of files and folders located on the system: like /bin, /sbin, /etc, /opt, and so on. However, I ...
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How accurate is content sniffing in order to determine filetype?

I need to identify the mime-type of extensionless files(document fileformats such as PDF, doc, docx etc), and I am wondering how accurate known file-signatures are? What I will do is to create a map ...
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Issue: Guest OS (Debian 3.0, 32-bit ) loads with read-only file system immediately upon booting in VMware Workstation 10 (Host OS: Windows 7, 32-bit)

Issue Summary: A guest 32-bit Debian 3.0 virtual machine is opened using VMware. The guest OS loads a read-only file system on startup. Despite root access no file changes can be made to the virtual ...
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why would openat() use file descriptor decremented by 1

I am tracing open() and openat() Linux system calls using a library that I load with LD_PRELOAD=.... I have a process that descends down a directory path. It does open() on a directory, which ...
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How to view all directories with auditing enabled on Windows 7?

A while back I enabled file auditing on a few folders on my Windows 7 machine, but I have forgotten which folders I enabled it on. Is there any way to view a list of all the folders which have at ...
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Why is a folder name different to its name in the file path?

I'm having a surprising amount of difficulty searching for an answer to this seemingly simple question. I came across an article on MSDN titled "Naming Files, Paths, and Namespaces", which whilst ...
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Read a file locked by another program

I have a program that reads a file written by another program, but that software locks the file while writing to it (I cannot even copy the file!). How can I read the file while the other program has ...
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Change File Attribute in windows

I have basically two images : 1. one with jpeg and file "attributes" as 'N' as seen below : Now i m trying to create image with same property but whenever i create new image or edit the same image ...
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understanding Stats on folder in Linux

This is my stat output on a folder stat Downloads/ File: `Downloads/' Size: 4096 Blocks: 8 IO Block: 4096 directory Device: fd02h/64770d Inode: 259595 Links: 3 What does it ...
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Creating a large windows file system [closed]

I need to create a large windows file system - around the 500TB - 1000TB size. Primary use is for archival storage, performance is not a major design factor. We are a very small admin team so ...
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Windows Batch file get filesystem info without elevated priveledges

I have a batch file that needs to check the filesystem and choose options for a program it's running based on the filesystem (which could be NTFS or FAT32 in this environment). For Windows systems I ...
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Ext3 drive empty and detected as ext2 after restoring superblock with e2fsck

I have an ext3 disk from my NAS. I took this drive out of the NAS and mounted it under my Debian Wheezy system. When I ran fsck it told me that the superblock was bad. I don't haver a full log, but ...
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Force check all file systems in Ubuntu

How to force check all file systems under Linux/Ubuntu? My newly installed Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid stops booting after the suspend/resume failed. Is there any easy way to force check all the file systems ...
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Add new partition to CentOS file system

I use a CentOS virtual machine on VMWare Workstation. I recently tried to increase the system hard disk memory for CentOS by tweaking the VM settings on VMWare Workstation. After that, I tried to ...
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Output of dstat is getting buffered (30 seconds)

We are running dstat on a one second update frequency using this option: --output <filename> The data is correctly written but only every thirty seconds. Here is the full dstat command ...
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Cannot remove directory on btrfs

There is an object on btrfs file system called "????????? ??????" which probably some improperly deleted or copied temporary file or directory. And which can't be removed with common commands: rm, rm -...
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In Unix, delete a file listed in the directory but missing from the filesystem

I, like an idiot, killed my rm -rf command in the middle of it, and now there's one file remaining, but it keeps saying access is denied. I assumed it was because a process was accessing it, but when ...
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Is windows chdsk enough or there are better alternatives to recover filesystem?

Recently I have various problems of file corruption on Windows 8.1 x64 when I copy large files. Using HD Tune Utility apparently there is no hardware problem the already present files are fine too, ...
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Cannot delete file on Linux

After backuping with 'rsync --archive --update' my home directory from ext4 to btrfs, rsync reports errors like this: rsync: readdir("/mnt/backup/home/me/.mozilla/firefox/qbdcaxwe.default/sessions/???...
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BTRFS size on disk 200x larger than actual size

Why is BTRFS so grossly misquoting the size of small files on my filesystem? [pi@rpi scipy]% cat __init__.py | wc -c # literal byte count 4729 [pi@rpi scipy]% du --apparent-size -h ...
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Difference in folder size between properties and du -s

I run RHEL 6.6. When look at my home folder and run du -sh . it shows 7.2G whereas when I open it via the gui it shows only 6.3GB. I did reboot the machine just to be sure that no more file handles ...
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CommandLineTools folder displayed in Finder but not in CLI OS 10.9.4

The finder browser shows CommandLineTools, xcode-select --print-path also shows the path, /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/ but I cannot get to it using cd and ls doesn't show it inside of the /...
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rsync glitches with -X (extended attributes) flag

When I rsync files from ext4 file system to btrfs with the following set of flags: rsync --update -DHAXErlptgo the first copy of the backaped directory is done OK, but when this same command is ...
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How to remove/change a disk filesystem label?

On a disk drive there was ZFS filesystem installed, and now it's been replaced with btrfs. But "zfs_member" label remains as the disk label: $ lsblk -f sda |----sda1 ntfs label1 sdb ...
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USB thumbdrive reported speed difference between NTFS and FAT32

I found this rather strange. I have a USB 3.0 thumdrive (ADATA UV128/16GB), which when formatted as NTFS, seems to report a much higher writing speed than when formatted as FAT32. For example, I ...
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Replacing a running Linux root filesystem

I'm trying to come up with a bash-scriptable method of replacing the root filesystem on a running PC. The system uses a MBR partitioned disk with an ext4 rootfs and a swap partition, unfortunately it ...
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Google drive error “Please select a folder on an ntfs drive that is not mounted over a network.” Windows XP sp3

I have downloaded google drive from the Internet and installed it on my windows XP service pack 3. Everything was fine until it asked me to select a folder for the Google drive folder. No matter what ...
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Windows detects all flash drive file systems as RAW

My computer that's running Windows 7 detects all flash drive file systems as RAW, and thus shows an error message to format them as soon as they're plugged in. I tested all the flash drives in other ...
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How to safe remove an external usb hd ntfs?

I did format a hitachi 300GB external HD in NTFS with two partitions, primary and logic. My intention os to use one for "trash" and other as backup of my notebook with Windows 8.1. But after I connect ...
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What are the potential problems of having files with one or more spaces at the beginning of the file name?

In Windows 7 and later, what problems could be caused by having one or more spaces at the beginning of the file name? It seems like a bad idea, but does it actually cause problems? If so, what ...
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How to find filesystem type without read permission? Somehow gnome-disks can

I get a permission error trying to find the filesystem type of a block device: $ file -s /dev/sdd1 /dev/sdd1: no read permission However, If I open gnome-disks, it will happily tell me info all the ...
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Find programs which are using a special file [duplicate]

I want to delete a file but it cannot be deleted because is used by another program. how can I find the program which is using this file? I've seen task manager but there is nothing there to find out ...
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Ftp server shows as completely empty, even without . and .. (current and parent folders)?

I need to retrieve a file that is supposed to be on some FTP server. When I connect to this server, it shows as empty. Maybe they simply failed or forgot to upload the file. But when I connect using ...
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Is there any way to tell a if backup is complete?

I lost a disk. It's clicking, which seems to be something almost everyone agrees is not very fixable. I have backups. Problem is, I look at the backups and the first thing I think is "Is that all I ...
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How to replace all duplicate files with hard links?

I have two folders containing various files. Some of the files from the first folder have an exact copy in the second folder. I would like to replace those with a hard link. How can I do that?
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Source path too long - BUT IT NEVER USED TO BE

I am getting the following error while trying to copy backed up data from my external hard drive to my desktop: The source filename(s) are longer than is supported by the file system. Try moving ...
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Disk capacity in Windows [duplicate]

I have a disk which has the capacity of 476 GB. I'm running Windows 7 64-bit. I want to check how much storage I've used on the C:\ drive. The normal thing is to go to the "computer", and check the ...
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How to delete the “_files” folder?

Sometimes when saving a file, for example when you save an HTML page from your browser on your hard drive, you get a folder with the suffix _files additionally to the file itself. However, when you ...
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Create a copy of a directory that contains all the files with the correct names, but no files have any data in them?

For a python project I'm working on, which involves renaming many gigabytes of files, I require an identical directory on which I can test the program. The issue is, I don't want to be copying this ...
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Why does BTRFS seem to have comically large allocations for metadata? [duplicate]

I've recently discovered the marvel of a modern filesystem, btrfs. After playing with it for a few hours, I decided to dive straight in and converted my entire /home partition using the btrfs-convert ...
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File system activity history tool?

My home PC (Win 7) fills up drive C, either by itself or as a result of something I do or use. I don't download, I keep track of my clouds sync, but GBs of free space mysteriously disappear (about 20 ...
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File corruption prevention strategy

I recently read about BTRFS and it's superiority in terms of error handling and noticed that I have no real plan in case data corruption happens, other than backing up regularly. I am not asking for ...
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Force change default initial save location of all programs to custom folder

Many programs often default the save destination location to the standard Libraries/XYZ folder which is the last place I want to save anything (due to sensible backup reasons). Some programs go a ...
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rootfs 100% full debian

I have a problem with full rootfs on Debian (on RPi). I noticed I can't start mysql server with error full partition. I tried looking for space hoggers with ncdu. It all appeared suddenly and I have ...
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How to eliminate the requirement to lock files which are executed?

I have an application which is placed onto it's dedicated server. It has plugin-able structure. It was imagined as soft which has some features from web apps like ability to replace it's modules "on-...