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Re: Existance of .journal file


On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 10:13:09AM +0200, Michael Meskes wrote:
> I do run all my machines on ext3 for quite some time. Now, by accident,
> I found out that some partitions have a visible .journal file while
> others do not. In fact on the two machines I checked .journal was
> visible in / but not in any other directory that is a mount point for an
> ext3 partition. I even tried deleting the file to see if it really is in
> use, it was, I had to re-create the journal to be able to mount as ext3
> again. After that the file is visible again. I also tuned another ext2
> partition to ext3 and no .journal comes up. And yes, I did run a fsck
> several times during this test cycle. 
> Any explanation for this?

e2fsprogs can move the journal out of the way into a private, hidden
inode, but it won't do that if the filesystem is already mounted.
When e2fsck is initially run during boot, only root is mounted, so
only root's .journal stays around.


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