Does ext3 file system use a '.journal' file?

Joseph D. Wagner theman at
Fri Jan 28 00:32:14 UTC 2005

> Does ext3 use a .journal file or is it hidden?

Both.  It's supposed to be hidden when mounted as EXT3, but you can see 
it when mounted as EXT2.

> If it DOES use a .journal file, can I rebuild it on the fly?

Yeah, just mount it as EXT2.  Then delete the .journal file, and use 
tune2fs to rebuild a new one.  You should then be able to unmount and 
remount as EXT3 just fine.

Joseph D. Wagner

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