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- Subject: [ale] lost+found
- From: mhw at wittsend.com (Michael H. Warfield)
- Date: Thu, 29 Oct 1998 14:30:56 -0500 (EST)
Jay Finch enscribed thusly:
> So I take it that removing the lost+found directory is a Bad Thing(tm)?
It's a bad thing and you don't find out just how bad until you
really need it. :-) Primer cord for Murphies law.
> At 01:41 PM 10/29/98 -0500, Daniel S Cox wrote:
> > If you have the Edition VII (yeah, I'm showing my age) documents, one of
> >the articles in there explains what it's all about.
> > The skinny: when fsck runs, and happens to find an unattached file (an
> >inode entry that points to valid data and everything, but has no directory
> >entry), it'll put it in lost+found. Since a directory is
> >'just-another-file' (at least to the file system), if there isn't room, it
> >would have to allocate a new block from the free list. Well, if you're in
> >the middle of repairing the file system, this is a Bad Thing (TM). So,
> >when the file system is created, lost+found is also created, and expanded
> >(by creating several dozen files, and then removing them). Then, if fsck
> >must re-attach a file, it just enters the name and inode number in the
> >lost+found directory.
> > Clear as mud?
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