Introduction to reiserfsprogs

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

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.8 platform.

Package Information

User Notes:

Kernel Configuration

Enable the following option in the kernel configuration and recompile the kernel:

File systems --->
  <*/M> Reiserfs support [CONFIG_REISERFS_FS]

Installation of reiserfsprogs

Install reiserfsprogs by running the following commands:

CFLAGS="$CFLAGS -std=gnu89" \
./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --sbindir=/sbin &&


This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

CFLAGS="$CFLAGS -std=gnu89": This environment variable fixes a build error with GCC 5.

--sbindir=/sbin: This switch ensures that the reiserfsprogs utilities are installed in /sbin.


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 2015-09-18 14:40:16 -0700