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Re: ext2 IF windows Xp Pro with Ubuntu 9.10 64amd

Chris Taylor wrote:
> Hi To all
> I have just built a new System
> 3.4Gb AMD Athlon 64bit
> 500Gb SATA HDD
> Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> Disk identifier: 0x00e600e6
>    Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> /dev/sda1   *           1        1912    15358108+   7  HPFS/NTFS
> /dev/sda2            1913        3824    15358140   83  Linux
> /dev/sda3            3825       60801   457667752+   5  Extended
> /dev/sda5           60194       60801     4883760   82  Linux swap / 
> Solaris
> /dev/sda6            3825       60193   452783929+  83  Linux
> Partition table entries are not in disk order.
> On sda1 I have windows Xp Pro sp2
> on sda2 I have Ubuntu 9.10 64bit just upgraded via web 
> On sda6 I have my home partition (according to gparted)
> I have installed EXT2IFS so I can have XP and Ubuntu use the same place 
> for files.
> Every time I try to access F: drive from Windows I get "do you want to 
> format the drive " I'm thinking that I have a Inodes problem, Thinking 
> they are 256 not 128. I have tried to format the drive with Gparted to 
> EXT3 a few times and get the same problem still 
> " Large inodes
> The current version of Ext2 IFS only mounts volumes with an inode size of 
> 128 like old Linux kernels have.

A word of warning, at least one windows driver for extN has been known
in the past to corrupt filesytems.  Since it's not open source, we can't
debug or fix it.  Maybe it's fixed now, but I don't know.

> Some very new Linux distributions create an Ext3 file systems with inodes 
> of 256 bytes. Ext2 IFS 1.11 is not able to access them.
> Currently there is only one workaround: Please back up the files and 
> create the Ext3 file system again. Give the mkfs.ext3 tool the -I 128 
> switch. Finally, restore all files with the backup. "
> If I'm write I need to unmount the /Home partition but I don't know how 
> to do this  :-(
> Please if you would be so kind as to help me with any info 
> Chris

It's not really an ext3-specific question, but you'll need to unbusy the
/home mountpoint to unmount it to reformat it; booting into single-user mode
would allow you to do that.


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