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Here a (small) documentation for ext3 filesystem.
it seem now correct/accurate. report me any problem/bugs
It can be merge in 2.4/2.5 kernel I think. feedback appreciated.
On Wed, 2 Oct 2002, Vincent Hanquez wrote:
| Here a (small) documentation for ext3 filesystem.
| it seem now correct/accurate. report me any problem/bugs
| It can be merge in 2.4/2.5 kernel I think. feedback appreciated.
Here are a few typo corrections for you. My correction lines
begin with '#'.
ext3 was originally released in September 1999. Written by Stephen Tweedie
for 2.2 branch, and ported to 2.4 kernels by Peter Braam, Andreas Dilger,
Andrew Morton, Alexander Viro, Ted Ts'o and Stephen Tweedie.
ext3 is ext2 filesystem enhanced with journalling capabilities.
#to be consistent.
When mounting an ext3 filesystem, the following option are accepted:
(*) == default
jounal=update Update the ext3 file system's journal to the
journal=inum When a journal already exists, this option is
ignored. Otherwise, it specifies the number of
the inode which will represent the ext3 file
system's journal file.
bsddf (*) Make 'df' act like BSD.
minixdf Make 'df' act like Minix.
check=none Don't do extra checking of bitmaps on mount.
debug Extra debugging information is sent to syslog.
noload Don't load the journal on mounting.
errors=remount-ro(*) Remount the filesystem read-only on an error.
errors=continue Keep going on a filesystem error.
errors=panic Panic and halt the machine if an error occurs.
grpid Give objects the same group ID as their creator.
nogrpid (*) New objects have the group ID of their creator.
resgid=n The group ID which may use the reserved blocks.
resuid=n The user ID which may use the reserved blocks.
sb=n Use alternate superblock at this location.
data=journal All data are commited into the journal prior
to being written into the main file system.
data=ordered (*) All data are forced directly out to the main file
system prior to its metadata being commited to
data=writeback Data ordering is not preserved, data may be
written into the main file system after its
metadata has been committed to the journal.
quota Quota options are currently silently ignored.
noquota (see fs/ext3/super.c, line 594)
ext3 shares all disk implementation with ext2 filesystem, and add
transactions capabilities to ext2.
Journaling is done by the Journaling block device layer.
Journaling Block Device layer
The Journaling Block Device layer (JBD) isn't ext3 specific. It was design
to add journaling capabilities on a block device.
The ext3 filesystem code will inform the JBD of modifications it is
performing (Call a transaction). the journal support the transactions start
# (called a transaction). The journal supports
and stop, and in case of crash, the journal can replayed the transactions
to put the partition on a consistant state fastly.
# restore to a consistent state quickly.
handles represent a single atomic update to a filesystem.
JBD can handle external journal on a block device.
There's 3 different data modes:
#There are 3...
* writeback mode
In data=writeback mode, ext3 doesn't do any form of data journaling at
all (as XFS, JFS, and ReiserFS).
Despite the fact it could corrupt recently modified file, this
#Despite the fact that it...
mode should give you in general the best ext3 performance.
* ordered mode
In data=ordered mode, ext3 only officially journals metadata, but it
logically groups metadata and data blocks into a single unit called a
transaction. When it's time to write the new metadata out to disk, the
associated data blocks are written first.
In general, this mode perform slightly slower than writeback
but significantly faster than journal mode.
* journal mode
data=journal mode provides full data and metadata journaling. All new data
is written to the journal first, and then to its final location.
In the event of a crash, the journal can be replayed, bringing both data
and metadata into a consistent state.
This mode is the slowest except when data needs to be read from and
written to disk at the same time where it outperform all others mode.
# ^may(?) other modes.
Ext2 partition can be easily convert to ext3, with `tune2fs -j <dev>`.
Ext3 is fully compatible with Ext2. Ext3 partition can easily be mounted
Quota implementation for ext3 is available in -ac tree for 2.4.
There is no implementation for 2.5 yet.
see manual pages to know more.
tune2fs: create a ext3 journal on a ext2 partition with the -j flags
mke2fs: create a ext3 partition with the -j flags
debugfs: ext2 and ext3 file system debugger
kernel source: file:/usr/src/linux/fs/ext3
On Wed, Oct 02, 2002 at 09:17:00AM -0700, Randy.Dunlap wrote:
> On Wed, 2 Oct 2002, Vincent Hanquez wrote:
> | Here a (small) documentation for ext3 filesystem.
> | it seem now correct/accurate. report me any problem/bugs
> | It can be merge in 2.4/2.5 kernel I think. feedback appreciated.
> Here are a few typo corrections for you. My correction lines
> begin with '#'.
I found a couple more.
> jounal=update Update the ext3 file system's journal to the
> current format.
> bsddf (*) Make 'df' act like BSD.
> minixdf Make 'df' act like Minix.
A couple of additional lines for clueless users (like me) would be
> errors=remount-ro(*) Remount the filesystem read-only on an error.
> errors=continue Keep going on a filesystem error.
> errors=panic Panic and halt the machine if an error occurs.
mount(8) claims the default is set in the superblock. (It certainly
wasn't remount-ro when I mountend an ext3 fs on 2.4.18.)
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