File Systems

Journaling file systems reduce the time needed to recover a file system that was not unmounted properly. While this can be extremely important in reducing downtime for servers, it has also become popular for desktop environments. This chapter contains two other journaling file systems you can use instead of the default LFS third extended file system.


Introduction to ReiserFS

The ReiserFS package contains various utilities for use with the Reiser file system.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of ReiserFS

Install ReiserFS by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sbindir=/sbin &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
ln -sf reiserfsck /sbin/fsck.reiserfs &&
ln -sf mkreiserfs /sbin/mkfs.reiserfs

Command Explanations

--prefix=/usr: This ensures that the manual pages are installed in the correct location while still installing the programs in /sbin as they should be.

--sbindir=/sbin: This ensures that the ReiserFS utilities are installed in /sbin as they should be.


Installed Programs: debugreiserfs, mkreiserfs, reiserfsck, reiserfstune, and resize_reiserfs
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


can sometimes help to solve problems with ReiserFS file systems. If it is called without options, it prints the super block of any ReiserFS file system found on the device.


creates a ReiserFS file system.


is used to check or repair a ReiserFS file system.


is used for tuning the ReiserFS journal. WARNING: Don't use this utility without first reading the man page thoroughly.


is used to resize an unmounted ReiserFS file system.

Last updated on 2007-02-13 23:01:46 -0600