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Re: accidental mke2fs



Punt it to GUI-land.. The distros can surely come up with a GUI for
reformatting that includes a safety net. "Are you really sure?" and
"keep filesystem snapshot" could be done there.




On Wed, 2003-07-30 at 14:48, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 01:04:36PM -0400, Paul Raines wrote:
> > 
> > I know there is no straightforward way to recover deleted files on
> > an ext3 file system, but is there any way to recover from an 
> > accidental mke2fs?
> > 
> 
> Not really, no.  The inode table gets complete wiped, so unless you
> ran e2image beforehand, there really isn't a way, short of searching
> each data block looking for specific files of interest.
> 
> I've considered trying to make mke2fs run e2image beforehand, but the
> hard part is (a) figuring out where to put e2image file afterwards,
> and (b) it would slow down mke2fs significantly.   
> 
> However, as more civilians start using Linux, this sort of thing will
> probably become painfully more common, so maybe we will need to add
> more idiot-proofing to mke2fs...
> 
> 							- Ted
> 
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