DUMPE2FSSection: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: December 2021
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NAMEdumpe2fs - dump ext2/ext3/ext4 file system information
SYNOPSISdumpe2fs [ -bfghixV ] [ -o superblock=superblock ] [ -o blocksize=blocksize ] device
DESCRIPTIONdumpe2fs prints the super block and blocks group information for the file system present on device.
- print the blocks which are reserved as bad in the file system.
- -o superblock=superblock
- use the block superblock when examining the file system. This option is not usually needed except by a file system wizard who is examining the remains of a very badly corrupted file system.
- -o blocksize=blocksize
- use blocks of blocksize bytes when examining the file system. This option is not usually needed except by a file system wizard who is examining the remains of a very badly corrupted file system.
- force dumpe2fs to display a file system even though it may have some file system feature flags which dumpe2fs may not understand (and which can cause some of dumpe2fs's display to be suspect).
- display the group descriptor information in a machine readable colon-separated value format. The fields displayed are the group number; the number of the first block in the group; the superblock location (or -1 if not present); the range of blocks used by the group descriptors (or -1 if not present); the block bitmap location; the inode bitmap location; and the range of blocks used by the inode table.
- only display the superblock information and not any of the block group descriptor detail information.
- display the file system data from an image file created by e2image, using device as the pathname to the image file.
- If the mmp feature is enabled on the file system, check if device is in use by another node, see e2mmpstatus(8) for full details. If used together with the -i option, only the MMP block information is printed.
- print the detailed group information block numbers in hexadecimal format
- print the version number of dumpe2fs and exit.
EXIT CODEdumpe2fs exits with a return code of 0 if the operation completed without errors. It will exit with a non-zero return code if there are any errors, such as problems reading a valid superblock, bad checksums, or if the device is in use by another node and -m is specified.
BUGSYou may need to know the physical file system structure to understand the output.
AUTHORdumpe2fs was written by Remy Card <Remy.Card@linux.org>. It is currently being maintained by Theodore Ts'o <email@example.com>.
AVAILABILITYdumpe2fs is part of the e2fsprogs package and is available from http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net.
SEE ALSOe2fsck(8), e2mmpstatus(8), mke2fs(8), tune2fs(8). ext4(5)
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