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  • 2GB Filesize Limit - The old 2GB filesize limit on 32-bit versions of Linux, and newer LFS support to fix it
  • ACLs - Support for POSIX ACLs and similar fine-grained permission systems on Linux
  • AFS - Open-sourcing of the IBM/Transarc Andrew Filesystem (AFS) software
  • Compressed Filesystems - Census of compressed filesystems on Linux
  • CVS on NFS - Are there any ways to safely put CVSROOT on an NFS volume?
  • Defragmenting - Why you don't need a defragmenter, and what to use if you insist anyway
  • Dump Options - What are the correct length, size, and blocking factor sizes for dump on Linux?
  • Ext2 Compression - Patches and utilities to support transparent compression on ext2
  • ext3 Conversion - Converting ext2 to ext3 (and back)
  • ext3 No Undeletion - Why undeleting files on ext3 isn't possible, even though it is on ext2
  • ext3 Undeletion - How to undelete files on ext3, despite conventional wisdom saying you cannot
  • Filesystem Bestiary - List of some of the more eccentric filesystems for Linux and similar
  • Filesystem Metadata Options - Comparison of the FFS w/ softupdates vs. logged filesystem (LFS, aka journaled filesystem) approaches
  • Filesystem Tutorial - Explanation of Unix filesystem internals
  • Fixing Filenames - David A. Wheeler's article 'Fixing Unix - Linux - POSIX Filenames', an instant classic in detailing scripting problems even without his wise recommendations about a long-term fix
  • Flash Media - Reasons why filesystems on NAND flash media are problematic, by David Woodhouse
  • Free Disk Space - How do I find out how much free disk space I have?
  • Gpart - Tool to recover/rebuild damaged or deleted PC hard drive partitions, of various types
  • GRUB + RAID HOWTO - Michael Martucci's explanation of how to set up GRUB to boot from a software RAID volume
  • HD Exact Copy - How do I make an exact copy of a hard drive's contents?
  • HFS+ - Access to HFS+ volumes via a KDE ioslave, kio-mac
  • Journaling Filesystems Comparison - Comparison of ext3, ext2, ReiserFS, XFS, and JFS
  • Journaling Filesystems Comparison - Comparison of ext3, ReiserFS, and XFS
  • MBR - Open source 'ms-sys' package to write a Microsoft/IBM-style boot sector to any hard drive or floppy; similar in effect to MS-DOS's 'FDISK.EXE /MBR' or 'SYS.COM A:'
  • MBR Docs - Technical design of various versions of the standard Microsoft/IBM boot sector
  • NFS Mount Failure - How do I diagnose and fix NFS mount failures?
  • NFS v3, v4 - Is there support in Linux for NFS v. 3? For NFS v. 4?
  • NT Access to Linux Filesystems - Are there any ways for MS-Windows NT to have access to native-Linux filesystems?
  • NTFS - Dealing with the NTFS problem on Linux
  • Quotas - Configuring filesystem quota support
  • RAID Levels - Daniel Phillips of Sistina Software disambiguates all the primary RAID levels, including the ones usually skipped over (PDF)
  • Reclaim FAT Partition - How do I reallocate to Linux my no-longer-needed Win9x FAT partition?
  • ReiserFS - ext2/ext3 code author Ted T'so explains why most other filesystems, notably ReiserFS, are a reliability hazard when used with PC hardware and no UPS
  • Remove Linux Partitions - How do I remove Linux partitions to make way for some other OS?
  • Resizing Linux Partitions - Are there any tools for non-destructively resizing Linux partitions?
  • Resizing software RAID - Detailed recipe for migrating a Linux RAID1 mirror pair to larger hard drives
  • Swap Explanation - Martin Pool explains Linux virtual memory and paging
  • Swap Explanation Follow-up - Martin Pool elaborates on his swap explanation to detail why it's normal for Linux systems to have negligible free memory
  • VFAT File system Ownership - How do I make a filesystem shared with MS-Windows be writeable by users other than just the root user?
  • XFS Conversion - Converting to the XFS journaling filesystem, in the general case
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