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RE: accidental mke2fs



I think the installer from distros already does things like that.

I guess Paul just type the mke2fs from command line. We might
want to add that to the stander mke2fs. It will be annoying
for "non-civilians" though.

Chris

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Darrell Michaud [mailto:dmichaud wsi com]
> Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 12:07 PM
> To: Theodore Ts'o
> Cc: Paul Raines; ext3-users redhat com
> Subject: 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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