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mke2fs.conf

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Updated: May 2006
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NAME

mke2fs.conf - Configuration file for mke2fs  

DESCRIPTION

mke2fs.conf is the configuration file for mke2fs(8). It controls the default parameters used by mke2fs(8) when it is creating ext2 or ext3 filesystems.

The mke2fs.conf file uses an INI-style format. Stanzas, or top-level sections, are delimited by square braces: [ ]. Within each section, each line defines a relation, which assigns tags to values, or to a subsection, which contains further relations or subsections. An example of the INI-style format used by this configuration file follows below:        [section1]

               tag1 = value_a

               tag1 = value_b

               tag2 = value_c
       [section 2]

               tag3 = {

                       subtag1 = subtag_value_a

                       subtag1 = subtag_value_b

                       subtag2 = subtag_value_c

               }

               tag1 = value_d

               tag2 = value_e

       }
Comments are delimited by a semicolon (';') or a hash ('#') character at the beginning of the comment, and are terminated by the end of line character. Tags and values must be quoted using double quotes if they contain spaces. Within a quoted string, the standard backslash interpretations apply: "\n" (for the newline character), "\t" (for the tab character), "\b" (for the backspace character), and "\\" (for the backslash character). The following stanzas are used in the mke2fs.conf file. They will be described in more detail in future sections of this document.

[defaults]
Contains relations which define the default parameters used by mke2fs(8). In general, these defaults may be overridden by a definition in the fs_types stanza, or by an command-line option provided by the user.
[fs_types]
Contains relations which define defaults that should be used for specific filesystem types. The filesystem type can be specified explicitly using the -T option to mke2fs(8). If no filesystem type is specified, mke2fs(8) will use the filesystem type floppy if the filesystem size is less than or equal to 3 megabytes. If the filesystem size is greater than 3 but less than or equal to 512 megabytes, mke2fs(8) will use the filesystem small. Otherwise, mke2fs(8) will use the default filesystem type default.
 

THE [defaults] STANZA

The following relations are defined in the [defaults] stanza.
base_features
This relation specifies the filesystems features which are enabled in newly created filesystems. It may be overridden by the base_features relation found in the filesystem-type-specific subsection of the [fs_types] stanza.
default_features
This relation specifies a set of features that should be added or removed to the features listed in the base_features relation. It may be overridden by the filesystem-specific default_features in the filesystem-type subsection of [fs_types], and by the -O command-line option to mke2fs(8).
blocksize
This relation specifies the default blocksize if the user does not specify a blocksize on the command line, and the filesystem-type specific section of the configuration file does not specify a blocksize.
inode_ratio
This relation specifies the default inode ratio if the user does not specify one on the command line, and the filesystem-type specific section of the configuration file does not specify a default inode ratio.
 

THE [fs_types] STANZA

Each tag in the [fs_types] stanza names a filesystem type which can be specified via the -T option to mke2fs(8). The value of the tag is a subsection where the relations in that subsection define the defaults for that filesystem type. For example: [fs_types]
       small = {

               blocksize = 1024

               inode_ratio = 4096

       }

       floppy = {

               blocksize = 1024

       }
For each filesystem type, the following tags may be used in that fs_type's subsection:
base_features
This relation specifies the features which are enabled for this filesystem type.
default_features
This relation specifies set of features which should be enabled or disabled to the features listed in the base_features relation. It may be overridden by the -O command-line option to mke2fs(8).
blocksize
This relation specifies the default blocksize if the user does not specify a blocksize on the command line.
inode_ratio
This relation specifies the default inode ratio if the user does not specify one on the command line.
 

FILES

/etc/mke2fs.conf
The configuration file for mke2fs(8).
 

SEE ALSO

mke2fs(8)


 

Index

NAME
DESCRIPTION
THE [defaults] STANZA
THE [fs_types] STANZA
FILES
SEE ALSO




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