Possible to recover journals in ext3 filesystems?

Mike McCarty Mike.McCarty at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jun 19 20:25:10 UTC 2007

Eric Lemings wrote:
> I mounted a root filesystem from an older installation and found that
> the files were not current.  I figure it has something to do with the
> journaling in the ext3 filesystem.  I know I shutdown the system the
> last time that root filesystem was cleanly unmounted so all files should
> be current when mounted on a different system, shouldn't they?  Or is
> there some particular way it has to be mounted?  Are the latest versions
> of the files recoverable?

I am not an expert on ext3 and differences between ext3 and ext2,
but what you describe does not sound like a journal problem. I have
supported journalled file systems on proprietary systems. Especially,
if your system was shut down cleanly, there should be no journal
entries at all.

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