Convert ext3 to ext4 filesystem on Debian Wheezy

老調重彈了,最近又再做這件事是因為Proxmox VE預設是用ext3當作檔案系統,某一台機器因為有點問題,灌Proxmox的時候一開始沒打算要當正式系統,也就沒特別改設定,但灌好後因為懶了 … 就直接上線了 … 偶然發現這個問題,順便重新作一下筆記怎麼樣轉到ext4,轉到ext4的好處以及效能差異就不用多說了,幾乎是完剩ext2、ext3,好檔案系統,不轉嗎?


  1. 把要做轉換的分區umount(如果是root filesystem就進single user mode或用其他系統開機吧),DEV自行替換成對應代號
    # umount /dev/DEV

  2. 先做一次fsck
    # e2fsck -fyv /dev/DEV

  3. 沒問題的話就可以把ext4的功能打開了,這邊要注意 … 這是不可逆的操作,並且要和下個動作連貫完成
    # tune2fs -O extents,uninit_bg,dir_index /dev/DEV

  4. 調整完後要修一下(這邊會看到找到錯誤是正常現象)
    # e2fsck -fyvDC0 /dev/DEV

  5. 調整fstab的掛載格式
    -> 自己去fstab理面把該分區的ext3改成ext4吧!

  6. 重組
    # e4defrag -c -v /dev/DEV
    -> ext4開始使用extents來取代傳統的block mapping,在對大檔案操作時能有顯著的效能提升,而這部份是在剛剛的轉換沒有做的(tuen2fs只有把feature打開而以),轉換完成後新增的檔案自然是都會使用到這樣的功能,但原先已經存在於filesystem上的檔案必須要到下次被寫入時才會以新的方式寫入,但系統上有不少檔案是久久才會寫一次但可能經常要被讀取的,在被重新寫入以前便無法享受到這樣的效能改善,所以這邊透過e4defrag來幫我們做這件事!

過程中如果有出現錯誤的話就先解掉再往下一步走,像fsck這種工作做完一次還可以做第二次確保都沒問題了再往下走,過程並不複雜,剛好也可以順便檢查檔案系統有沒有問題,比較麻煩的大概就是root filesystem因為要unmount所以系統必須停機,但換來的效能是值得的!


Error: Read-only file system on Linux

Today I found that there is a strange situation, in certain mount point on my web server (Debian GNU/Linux 7.8), every process with write behavior will get messages like this (That’s the result from command touch test):

touch: cannot touch `test’: Read-only file system

I don’t think I mount it as read-only, so I check it with(the mount point is /srv):

$ mount | grep srv

And I got:

/dev/sdb1 on /srv type ext4 (ro,relatime,data=ordered)

Very strange … there was something wrong, could I remount it with r/w? I tried:

$ sudo mount -o remount,rw,relatime,data=ordered /srv

Hmmmm …

mount: cannot remount block device /dev/sdb1 read-write, is write-protected

Okay, seems I need to check the filesystem …

$ sudo umount /srv
$ sudo fsck.ext4 /dev/sdb1

The process didn’t take a very long time, just within few mins, and that’s the result:

e2fsck 1.42.5 (29-Jul-2012)
/dev/sdb1: recovering journal
/dev/sdb1 contains a file system with errors, check forced.
Pass 1: Checking inodes, blocks, and sizes
Pass 2: Checking directory structure
Pass 3: Checking directory connectivity
Pass 4: Checking reference counts
Pass 5: Checking group summary information
/dev/sdb1: 796453/122077184 files (3.8% non-contiguous), 321192367/488281498 blocks

Let’s mount it again:

$ sudo mount -o rw,relatime,data=ordered /srv 

Oh, I didn’t get any error message this time, let’s check it again:

$ mount | grep srv

And … it’s good again

/dev/sdb1 on /srv type ext4 (rw,relatime,data=ordered)

Okay, nice … it’s very easy this time, I’ve got some disks with damaged partition before, event I can’t not recognize its partition type, though I fixed it, but I didn’t record the process that time, haha.

Install additional packages on XenServer 6.5

XenServer is a popular and reliable virtualization solution. as a system admin, I’ll like to install some useful packages to help me manage my servers, on XenServer 6.5, which is based on CentOS and using yum as its package manger.

All the CentOS repos were disabled by default, so I need to re-enable them, otherwise, I’ll keep getting some message like this, because they are not included in citrix’s repo:

No package vim-enhanced.x86_64 available.
Nothing to do

$sudo yum --enablerepo base,centosplus,contrib,debug,extras,updates install vim

So yum will use repo base, centosplus, contrib, debug, extras and updates during this process, but this is very inconvenience, so I want to enable them forever, try this:
$ sudo sed -i -e "s/enabled=0/enabled=1/" /etc/yum.repos.d/CentOS-Base.repo

Now it works fine now!

Hot to use share clipboard when using freerdp to connect to Windows?

Though I use GNU/Linux distros on most of my computers, I’ll still need to use Microsoft Windows sometimes, so I install Windows on an old PC, and work remotely.

Microsoft’s RDP(Remote Desktop Protocol) is a good method to work remotely with Windows if you have a real ip address(or work in LAN), I always use this method with FreeRDP and work happily, here is a usage example:

xfreerdp -u Peter

But FreeRDP didn’t share the clipboard like the default RDP client on Windows, so I just try to find a method to enable this feature, fortunately it’s very easy, just add parameters the enable cliprdr plugin like this:

xfreerdp --plugin cliprdr -u Peter

Now I can copy from my local computer and paste on a remote computer and vice versa!

PS: You may need to install package libfreerdp-plugins-standard first, and this syntax works on freerdp v1.0.2, in the newer versions, you may need to use +clipboard instead of --plugin cliprdr