Mounting ext3fs partition

Fernando Apesteguía fernando.apesteguia at
Wed Dec 3 13:38:11 PST 2008

On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:08 PM, Josh Carroll <josh.carroll at> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 2:45 PM, Fernando Apesteguía
> <fernando.apesteguia at> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm running FreeBSD 7.1-BETA2. I have several partitions/filesystems
>> in my computer and I would like to have full access to all of them.
>> I've mounted the NTFS partition without problems (though it is
>> read-only, it's enough for me)
>> I've compiled the kernel with the EXT2FS option. I can mount the partition with:
>> mount -t ext2fs /dev/ad4s1 /mnt/linux
>> note: the partition is actually a ext3fs...
>> But if I enter the mount point and do "ls", I get:
>> ls: /mnt/linux: Bad file descriptor
> Is is possible you are running into a case where the inode size of the
> partition is not the previous default for e2fsprogs of 128. I have a
> patch that addresses this, but I am hesitant to suggest it, since I
> have not yet validated that it does not trample some additional ext2
> metadata. However, in the testing I've done, it has worked with all
> the tests I've put it through.
> You can verify the inode size with:
> tune2fs -l /dev/ad4s1 | grep "Inode size"
> It is likely 256 (the new e2fsprogs default), in which case you will
> not be able to see or use the mount without a fix. If you're
> interested in my patch, let me know and I can send it to you (the
> machine it is hosted on is down at the moment).

Hi josh,

Exactly, it is 256. So according to you, I can't use the mounted
filesystem, right?

Could you please explain in more detail, what the problem is?

Thanks in advance.

> Thanks,
> Josh

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