ext3 is the default file system for many Linux distributions.

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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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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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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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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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Apache's htcacheclean doesn't scale: How to tame a huge Apache disk_cache?

We have an Apache setup with a huge disk_cache (>500.000 entries, >50 GB disk space used). The cache grows by 16 GB every day. My problem is that the cache seems to be growing nearly as fast as it's ...
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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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e2fsck / resize2fs problems

I've got 6 drives (each 1.5T, all same model and firmware revision) that are part of a RAID5 array. The RAID5 makes a LVM volume group and a logical group. The latter contains only one ext3 partition. ...
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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_dx_add_entry: Directory index full

Background: I'm running lighttpd 1.4.28-1 on CentOS 5.3 to serve the static assets. Signal: recently, it gets slow sometimes. I'm getting the below errors in the kernel log and /var/log/messages: ...
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From bad sector to “damaged file” - did it for Linux/ext3, can I do it for Windows/NTFS?

When a SMART check on a disk reports a bad sector, it is important to be able to identify the file that has the bad sector - and restore it from backups. Below, I show how I did this for my Linux/ext3 ...
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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 ...
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upgrading ext3 fs on ubuntu 8.04

so we are stuck with this closed source system that keeps on adding folders to one directory, and it's going to hit the 32k limit soon because it's ext3. and that folder is expected to have +100k ...
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sharing an ext3/ext4 partition on external drive

is there a way of sharing an ext3/ext4 formatted partition on an external USB drive between different users (uids) on different Linux machines without creating a group for this purpose, setting the ...
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Directory in Linux(ext3) with only 2 files occupies 32000 blocks(16Mbytes)

IIRC my Operating Systems classes, the size of a directory in Linux is given by the number of files it contains([wikipedia link])1 So, why a directory with only 2 files occupies 32000 blocks? # stat ...
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how do I convert a live root ext3 filesystem to ext4?

I have a root filesystem thats live and mounted and I'd like to convert it to ext4. All the howto's i've read deal with booting off a live CD but thats not an option.
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Any chance to recover formatted hard drive LVM to ext3

I am a big fool. But i believe this could be the event for every serious linux administrator. I Accidentally formatted my hard drive from LVM to Ext3. I tried some of the recovery tools. I can see ...
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How many files can I have directly under a directory in ext3?

I have a root directory 'data_0'. Under this directory are about 15,000 directories ('a', 'b', 'c', ... 'aa', 'ab' ...). Under each of theses directories there are thousands of very small files ...
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Linux filesystem of VM becomes crash or read-only at Citrix XenServer

I read some answers related to this problems. Will the OS crash if the system partition can't be access for a short period? But I cannot solve this problem. When using ISCSI as Storage Repository ...
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EXT3 File recovery after OS re-install

I know the probability of this is very low, but I have a 250G hard drive that I just reformatted and re-installed the OS on (centos, ext3). It turns out there was one large file (a 20G xen image) on ...
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System crashes after ext3_block_to_path

I have some soft which runs by cron. But once per day system crashes and only reboot helps. This is the latest log (/var/log/syslog) before crashing: Jul 31 05:00:01 T217 /USR/SBIN/CRON[22629]: ...
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How to repair a ext3 filesystem other than fsck

Are there any specialized/preferred tools to repair a filesystem for ext3 (or ext4) other than fsck.ext3, fsck.ext4? Thanks
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Convert an ext4 partition to ext3 without formatting the HDD

I would like to convert an ext4 partition to ext3 partition without formatting the HDD. Is this possible and recommended?
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How to run fsck on startup after a crash without the root password?

when the Red Hat 5.x workstation of a user crashes and leaves its filesystems with errors, on the next boot, it ask for the root password to enter single mode and run fsck manually. This is annoying ...
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Resizing lvm2 logical volume and file system: Exact sizes?

On my intranet server, I have a 100.00 GiB partition /dev/sda5, which I use as a physical volume for lvm2. It's the only physical volume in my volume group vg01. vg01 currently contains one logical ...
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How do I force ext3 partition to the “error” state?

I have a script where fsck is called in case filesystem is in "error" state only. I'd like to tests it. Unfortunatelly I don't know how to force "error" state on ext3 partition. The only one idea I ...
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Production-ready, highly reliable filesystems on Linux: ext4 ext3 XFS or JFS (or ZFS)?

The last real question I've seen on this topic is from about two years ago (is ext4 ready for production usage). In the intervening time, how has ext4 improved? XFS, JFS, and ext3 are the standby ...
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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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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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Disk full, du tells different. How to further investigate?

I have a SCSI disk in a server (hardware Raid 1), 32G, ext3 filesytem. df tells me that the disk is 100% full. If I delete 1G this is correctly shown. However, if I run a du -h -x / then du tells me ...
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Storing and backing up 10 million files on Linux

I run a website where about 10 million files (book covers) are stored in 3 levels of subdirectories, ranging [0-f]: 0/0/0/ 0/0/1/ ... f/f/f/ This leads to around 2400 files per directory, which is ...
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Ext3 Keeps getting Journal Error and Becoming Read-Only

I have a RHEL5.5 x86_64 server with 2 HBA connecting to EMC and HP storage arrays. EMC PowerPath is installed because my EMC vendor insists on that. My problem is the volumes on HP storage often ...
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Joomla Editor not working after restoring mysql database

I've made a big mistake on one of my sites and I've deleted accidentally several files from our site's joomla directory. The database was Ok, so what I tried to do was to create a Joomla installation ...
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Problem fixing ext3 root file system using fsck on CentOS 5

When I run a read-only fsck on the mounted root partition of a CentOS 5 server, it finds a number of errors. However, running a forced check upon next boot does not find any! Here are the results of ...
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Disabling journal on a mounted ext3

I'm shredding files on large ext3 file systems (e.g. see this article for how I do this). In order to achieve this I need to mount the ext3 file systems without journaling. To most of them I get by ...
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directories with two one dot (.) entries

I'm trying to clean up my lost and found, and I've managed to remove most things, but I'm left with "almost" empty directories, like: lost+found/#14042862: total 1324 dr---wx--- 2 76040 43010 ...
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How to increase filename size limit on EXT3 (on ubuntu)

The default limit of how long a filename can be on EXT3 is 255 characters. I have a unique requirement where I need much longer filenames (apparently because mod_rewrite of apache uses filenames for ...
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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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pvcreate on a ext3 partition, is it dangerous?

I know pvcreate a LVM physical volume usually on a LVM partition, but I do a pvcreate on a empty ext3 partition accidentally, is this dangerous, do I really need to repartition with LVM format on the ...
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Good filesystem for 20TB hardware-controlled RAID5 array?

What's the best file system for Ubuntu 10.10 assuming the average filesize is 8-30GB with no more than 1-2 users accessing the array at any given time?
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ext3 Journalling

Does only the metadata get journalled in ext3 or does the data get journalled too?
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How to change switch to a different root partition

I am using AWS EC2 instance with Ubuntu 10.04 installed on it. I start with the instace which has its root partition at /dev/sda1. Later I want to attch a new EBS volume at /dev/sdb1 and want to get ...
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Howto maintain an EXT3 filesystem

Lately I had several servers which encountered a write error on an EXT3 filesystem and as a result of that remounted the filesystem read-only. Understandably on a production server this causes severe ...
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Why does my external USB hard drive refuse to unmount after transferring large tar files to it?

I recently need to transfer large tar files to an external USB hard drive from one Red Hat ES 5 server to another (neither with network connectivity). Originally I was trying to move ~90gig tar file ...
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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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How do I improve my incremental-backup performance?

I'm currently using the traditional rsync+cp -al method to create incremental/snapshot backups of our server tree. The backups are going onto a pair of eight-disk towers connected to the backup ...