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resize2fs - ext2/ext3/ext4 file system resizer
program will resize ext2, ext3, or ext4 file systems. It can be used to
enlarge or shrink an unmounted file system located on
If the filesystem is mounted, it can be used to expand the size of the
mounted filesystem, assuming the kernel supports on-line resizing. (As
of this writing, the Linux 2.6 kernel supports on-line resize for
filesystems mounted using ext3 and ext4.).
parameter specifies the requested new size of the filesystem.
If no units are specified, the units of the
parameter shall be the filesystem blocksize of the filesystem.
parameter may be suffixed by one of the following the units
designators: 's', 'K', 'M', or 'G',
for 512 byte sectors, kilobytes, megabytes, or gigabytes, respectively.
of the filesystem may never be larger than the size of the partition.
parameter is not specified, it will default to the size of the partition.
Note: when kilobytes is used above, I mean
power-of-2 kilobytes, (i.e., 1024 bytes), which some politically correct
folks insist should be the stupid-sounding ``kibibytes''. The same
holds true for megabytes, also sometimes known as ``mebibytes'', or
gigabytes, as the amazingly silly ``gibibytes''. Makes you want to
gibber, doesn't it?
program does not manipulate the size of partitions. If you wish to enlarge
a filesystem, you must make sure you can expand the size of the
underlying partition first. This can be done using
by deleting the partition and recreating it with a larger size or using
if you're using the logical volume manager
recreating the partition, make sure you create it with the same starting
disk cylinder as before! Otherwise, the resize operation will
certainly not work, and you may lose your entire filesystem.
run resize2fs to resize the ext2 filesystem
to use all of the space in the newly enlarged partition.
If you wish to shrink an ext2 partition, first use
to shrink the size of filesystem. Then you may use
to shrink the size of the partition. When shrinking the size of
the partition, make sure you do not make it smaller than the new size
of the ext2 filesystem!
- -d debug-flags
Turns on various resize2fs debugging features, if they have been compiled
into the binary.
should be computed by adding the numbers of the desired features
from the following list:
2 - Debug block relocations
4 - Debug inode relocations
8 - Debug moving the inode table
16 - Print timing information
32 - Debug minimum filesystem size (-M) calculation
Forces resize2fs to proceed with the filesystem resize operation, overriding
some safety checks which resize2fs normally enforces.
Flush the filesystem device's buffer caches before beginning. Only
really useful for doing
Shrink the filesystem to the minimum size.
Prints out a percentage completion bars for each
operation during an offline resize, so that the user can keep track
of what the program is doing.
Print the minimum size of the filesystem and exit.
- -S RAID-stride
program will heuristically determine the RAID stride that was specified
when the filesystem was created. This option allows the user to
explicitly specify a RAID stride setting to be used by resize2fs instead.
The minimum size of the filesystem as estimated by resize2fs may be
incorrect, especially for filesystems with 1k and 2k blocksizes.
was written by Theodore Ts'o <email@example.com>.
Resize2fs is Copyright 1998 by Theodore Ts'o and PowerQuest, Inc. All
As of April, 2000
may be redistributed under the terms of the GPL.
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This document was created by
using the manual pages.
Time: 12:21:01 GMT, January 22, 2018