viewing ext3 journal

Andreas Dilger adilger at
Tue Jun 20 18:17:42 UTC 2006

On Jun 20, 2006  18:35 +0200, Stefan Drexleri wrote:
> Is there a way to view ext3 filesystem's maintained journal (in a
> human-readable-format)?
> I ask, because i have had a server crash before and now i'm wondering
> if i might take  a look at last things that my server did straight
> before crash. I guess clarifying log insertions might be lost before
> buffers were flushed to disk.

With "debugfs -c -R 'dump <8> /tmp/journal'" you can dump the journal
contents to a file, but that doesn't make it human readable...

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger
Principal Software Engineer
Cluster File Systems, Inc.

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