removing external journal

Eric Sandeen sandeen at
Wed Jun 26 15:38:17 UTC 2013

On 6/25/13 3:13 AM, Folkert van Heusden wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a system with an ext4 filesystem with its journal on an other
> device (an SSD).
> Now this SSD dropped of the sata bus so the filesystem went r/o.
> I would like to remove the journal but it says it can't because
> needs_check is set.

What does it actually say?  there is no needs_check flag AFAIK.

> I can't run fsck because the journal is not
> reachable. Is there any way to solve this? I understand I lost any
> pending changes in the journal.

Can you use debugfs to change the state of the fs so that it allows
you to do this?

Or maybe specifying a zero-filled file as the external journal would
allow fsck to proceed.


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