ext3 is the default file system for many Linux distributions.

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Ext3 Stride/Stripe-Width Calculation for 3-Disk Software RAID1E

For reasons too complex to get into here, I'm using a 3-disk RAID1E on some linux systems. See here for more info on that. So my understanding is that for optimizing filesystem layout on this ...
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optimizing ext[234] for small file throughput

I have a system that has a high throughput of small files on disk, i.e. a huge number of small files are created, written and deleted within seconds. Are there any reasonable ext2/ext3/ext4 mount ...
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Data consistency with RAID 5 and BBWC

I have a few questions about RAID 5, BBWC (Battery Backed Write Cache), filesystem (ext3) and optionally mysql. I have a hypothesis and I ask Server Fault community to validate or not this one: -The ...
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Online resize of large ext3 file system - is performance affected?

I am planning for a resize of a rather large file system hosting an Oracle instance (one of several on the same server). The disk is 4 TB striped over several LUNs, I'm increasing by 1 TB keeping the ...
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Does CentOS 5.x support ext4?

I believe the default OS file system in CentOS 5 is ext3. Is it possible to use ext4 on Centos 5.x, or only on 6.x? Can I upgrade an existing ext3 filesystem to ext4?
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Why is ext3 so slow to delete large files?

I have a server, which makes an incremental backup of a system every night. Now on saturdays, there is a full backup. But after the full backup has finished, a script kicks in, that deletes the ...
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How do I restore a partimage image to a smaller drive?

Without thinking, I made a partimage image of a ~1TB ext3 partition, which only actually contained about 2GB of data, so gzipped down to that size. I then wiped it and used it for something else. I'd ...
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Journaled filesystems and power failure

I heard that even a journaled filesystems such as EXT3/EXT4 might corrupted during power failure, e.g. from wikipedia [1]: In the event of a system crash or power failure, such file systems are ...
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How to recover deleted files on ext3 fs

I have a drive which was using the ext3 filesystem. I am told that about 10Gb of data was deleted off the drive (probably via rm). The drive is currently mounted as read-only to preserve all data. ...
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What exactly does the automated ext3 root file system check?

Recently we encountered a problem (bad blocks) with an ext3 formatted compact flash card running an embedded Linux system. On startup, the root file system check was started, but it seemed to hang ...
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MySQL InnoDB ext3 block size

I'm looking for recommendations for ext3 filesystem block size for MySQL 5.6 using InnoDB. Running a CentOS 5.4 VM in VMware ESXi 5, VMFS 5 datastore on NetApp FibreChannel LUNs (which have 4k chunk ...
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File system for a lot of small files

I'm using NetApp device as a NAS storage. I have a lot of small files (30-60k) and dirs. For example I have: 30000 dirs with another 1000-2000 dirs. A lot of dirs are empty, but most of them have ...
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Relatime vs noatime for flash drives

I am running a web server off of a SheevaPlug, and the OS and system are stored on an SD card with an ext3 file system. I know that atime is a major source of writes that wear out flash memory. ...
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How can I “trick” an ext3 directory to store more than 32000 sub dirs

The easy answers are 1.) move to ext4 and/or 2.) "shard" the directory somehow - by placing them in sub folders either numbered or lettered. These changes won't be easy to make though so I'm looking ...
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Consolidate separate /var and swap drives back to / drive in CentOS

The genius that originally set up the web server at my company put the swap, /var, and / directories on different drive pairs. I need to some how consolidate all three into one drive for migration ...
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After using lvextend, I can't recover unused space

I needed to add more disk space to my CentOS VM, so I added another virtual disk, then used lvextend to add the space to the existing partition. The steps I followed was: echo "- - -" > ...
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format a volume as xfs

I have a partition that is formatted as ext3 I dd unmount it. Formatted as xfs (for quicker format) and I got an error. When I formatted it as ext3 again, it worked. What is the command to format an ...
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Join files effectively on Linux

Is there a better way to join files that have been splitted than just doing a "cat" or "join"? These commands just copy the file streams into a new file on disk. A much better way would be ...
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Filesystem check on ext3, debian

How can I perform a filesystem check on ext3 partition on linux? I am looking for a solution that check every file on the filesystem that is it accessible. UPDATE: I would run it on a server without ...
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Recovering the remainder of an ext3 volume spread over multiple lvm physical volumes

I have an LVM logical volume spread over eight separate physical volumes on Amazon AWS. The logical volume is formatted using ext3. One of my physical volumes has failed. Is there any way to recover ...
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Asterisk using 100% of the cpu and freezing my debian host

I have a Debian host $ uname -a Linux voip 2.6.25-2-amd64 #1 SMP Mon Jul 14 11:05:23 UTC 2008 x86_64 GNU/Linux Old asterisk asterisk 1:1.4.21.2~dfsg-3 It has been ...
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Rsync -avzHP follows hardlinks instead of copying them as hardlinks

I use rsnapshot to create hourly/daily/weekly/monthly backups of my "work"-share. Now I'm trying to copy the whole backup-directory onto an external drive using rsync. I used this command/parameters ...
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How many subdirectories does the XFS filesystem support within a given directory?

EXT3 supports 32,000 subdirectories. EXT4 supports 64,000... I've read about people having millions of subdirectories on the XFS filesystem, but can't find an exact value referenced anywhere. How ...
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What is the best structure to save incremental subfolders?

I have 3 different folders containing particular information about sales orders. Everything was working fine but a few days ago I started having an issue about the amount of subdirectories in each of ...
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Problems with degraded RAID arrays

My Ubuntu backup server was recently upgraded in storage space to a RAID 10 array... now it consists of 8T of raw drive space which was before 2T of space. But I have been having trouble when it ...
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Speeding up creation of large ext3 filesystem on CentOS 5

We are creating a large backup ext3 partition on 16TB RAID array and the mke2fs took 2.5 hours to complete. Are there any known tricks we can use to shorten this time? The aim is to lower the time ...
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EXT3 vs EXT4 vs XFS

Recently I read a lot about "new" file systems. I checked some benchmarks that show MySQL working faster on EXT4 or XFS (and some other FS). I also "found" that XFS and EXT4 are included in CentOS ...
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ext3 Snapshot Support

Does the ext3 filesystem support snapshotting? If so, is can this be done with straight partitions with no LVM? An example of "straight partitions" would be the following: /dev/sda1 /boot ext3 ...
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Linux Filesystem

recently we have a failure in our storage, we need to fsck. The storage is about 1.2 Tera, and it took us more than 5 hours. Is there an alternative solution for the ext3 filesystem, or one that is ...
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e2fsck aborts: memory allocation failed

I am trying to fix a 9 TB filesystem with e2fsck, however the scan always fails after about 10% or so with the following error: Error storing directory block information: ... Memory allocation failed ...
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Recover data from EXT3 filesystem

Our junior sysadmin accidently deleted some of the directories. Can anyone please suggest any free/proprietary application to recover files from an EXT3 filesystem (RHEL 5.x) ?
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“hot swapping” linux md raid1 - does re-mounting file-system temporarily read-only enable safe disconnection?

There's is an ext3 filesystem on top of Linux md raid1, array consists of two hard drives. Various services, including databases run on and write to it. Let's say for argument's sake that to minimize ...
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Storing 64000+ files and growing in one folder (ext3)

I'm using a directory as a staging area for my files before shipping them to Amazon S3 buckets. This staging directory has no sub-directory structure /a/b/c or /year/month/day ... it's only files ...
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double mount check with ext3

I have two nodes connected to a SAN, and I want to be able to mount an ext3 partition on node B when node A goes down. I know I could use a shared filesystem, but for simplicity and performance I ...
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Recover deleted files in linux , can debugfs command solve my purpose?

I am trying to list deleted files from my ext3 file system. debugsfs command with -ld option , suppose to list deleted files but it only listing current existing files and folder. Is any alternate way ...
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Filesystem performance tuning options for ext3

I have a brand new server w/48G RAM which I am going to use as a DB server. I don't expect problems with disk reads, but I definitely would like to optimize for write intensive load patterns. The ...
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Updating OpenBoot PROM on Sun Fire v440

After i have updated ALOM firmware on Sun Fire v440, i decided to update OpenBoot PROM, but when i try to load the patch using boot disk /flash-update-SunFire440 i get: SILO Fatal Error: Multiple ...
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Slower/cached Linux file system required

I know it sounds odd but I need a slower or cached filesystem. I have a lot of firewalls that are syslog'ing their data to a pair of Linux VMs which write these files to their 'local' (actually FC ...
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How come /bin/rm -rf /backups/hourly.5/ takes forever on a backup server?

They're simply hardlinks so the files shouldn't actually even be deleted. What options do I have? It even seems to take quite some load. I don't see how deleting 30.000 hard-links should take more ...
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How to convert a reiserfs partition to ext3?

Is there a tool to convert a reiserfs partition to ext3?
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Mounting an LVM EXT3 dd in linux

I'm using Ubuntu and am getting an error that tells me the filesystem can not be identified when I try to mount a LVM ext3 disk. I'm passing "ext3" as the type and have been able to mount ext2 disks. ...
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How to fsck.ext3 a TrueCrypt Volume?

I have a truecrypt file that contains an ext3 file system. Not sure exactly how to word this, but is there a way I can mount the truecrypt volume without actually mounting the filesystem within it so ...
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Best practices for choosing fs fragment size etc [closed]

Related question about block sizes, but there are many many other options when creating an ext3 filesystem. I think the other question has an answer with great advice of block size, that it general ...
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Mount an ext3 partition with a 16k blocksize?

We are attempting to recover data from a drive which was formated by Netgear ReadyNas Duo. We have dropped it in a linux box and discovered that it is formated as ext3 with a 16k block size. Mounting ...
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How to compact large directories

Is there a way to compact a very large directory under EXT2/EXT3 without simply remaking the directory? I recall that perlfunc cautions that the OS implementations of seekdir and telldir run the risk ...
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Server Frequently gets Read-Only File System

This server has RAID-1 configured. It get readonly file system everyday. if i reboot it, it gets back with a read-write file system. but after a short while, readonly again... Any idea please? ...
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Convert a software raid volume from ext3 to ext4 (or ext2)?

I have an mdadm created software raid volume in my ubuntu linux 11 machine. It is NOT the boot drive. It is a software raid 5 configuration made from 3 large sata drives. When I created it ...
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EXT3-FS: error (loop0) ext3_lookup unlinking inode

Running CentOS 5.6 with mdadm RAID1, 2TB, 3 partitions (boot, swap and root). I had a kernel panic in the server, and after rebooting, the system stays up for about 5-10 minutes, the it starts ...
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How to diagnose very bad and slow ext3 behavior?

I'm managing an old admin server running Redhat WS4 update 3, and we have an ext3 volume where I had a large (30GB) sqlite database mounted on /opt. Everytime I do large queries/inserts into this ...
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Convert Ext3 to Ext4 Filesystem failed because I cannot umount drive

I want to convert my Filesystem from Ext3 to Ext4 because of 32000 directory limit of Ext3. But when I want to umount the drive I get this error: umount: /: device is busy umount: /: device is busy ...