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Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: July 2000
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tune2fs - adjust tunable filesystem parameters on second extended filesystems  


tune2fs [ -l ] [ -c max-mount-counts ] [ -e errors-behavior ] [ -i interval-between-checks ] [ -m reserved-blocks-percentage ] [ -r reserved-blocks-count ] [ -s sparse-super-flag ] [ -u user ] [ -g group ] [ -C mount-count ] [ -L volume-name ] [ -M last-mounted-directory ] [ -O [^]feature[,...] ] [ -U UUID ] device  


tune2fs adjusts tunable filesystem parameters on a Linux second extended filesystem.  


-c max-mount-counts
adjust the maximal mounts count between two filesystem checks. If max-mount-counts is -1 then the number of times the filesystem is mounted will be disregarded by e2fsck and the kernel.
-e error-behavior
change the behavior of the kernel code when errors are detected. error-behavior can be one of the following:
continue Continue normal execution.
remount-ro Remount filesystem read-only.
panic Cause a kernel panic.
-g group
set the user group which can benefit from the reserved blocks.
group can be a numerical gid or a group name.
-i interval-between-checks[d|m|w]
adjust the maximal time between two filesystem checks. No postfix or d result in days, m in months, and w in weeks. A value of zero will disable the timedependent checking.
list the contents of the filesystem superblock.
-m reserved-blocks-percentage
adjust the reserved blocks percentage on the given device.
-r reserved-blocks-count
adjust the reserved blocks count on the given device.
-s sparse_super_flag
set or reset the sparse_superblock flag. The sparse_superblock feature saves space on really big filesystems. Warning: The Linux 2.0 kernel does not properly support this feature. Neither do all Linux 2.1 kernels; please don't use this unless you know what you're doing!
-u user
set the user who can benefit from the reserved blocks. user can be a numerical uid or a user name.
-C mount-count
set the number of times the filesystem has been mounted.
-L volume-label
set the volume label of the filesystem. Ext2 filesystem labels can be at most 16 characters long; if volume-label is longer than 16 characters, tune2fs will truncate it and print a warning message.
-M last-mounted-directory
set the last-mounted directory for the filesystem.
-O [^]feature[,...]
set or clear the indicated filesystem features (options) in the filesystem. Feature can be one of the following supported filesystem options: sparse_super, which will cause the filesystem to use sparse superblocks, and filetype, which will cause the filesystem to store file type information in directory entries. After setting or clearing either filesystem feature, e2fsck must be run on the filesystem.
set the UUID of the filesystem. A sample UUID looks like this: "c1b9d5a2-f162-11cf-9ece-0020afc76f16". The uuid may also be null, which will set the filesystem UUID to the null UUID. The uuid may also be random, which will generate a new random UUID for the filesystem.


We haven't found any bugs yet. Perhaps there are bugs but it's unlikely.  


Never use tune2fs to change parameters of a read/write mounted filesystem! Use this utility at your own risk. You're modifying a filesystem!  


tune2fs was written by Remy Card <>. tune2fs uses the ext2fs library written by Theodore Ts'o <>. This manual page was written by Christian Kuhtz <chk@data-hh.Hanse.DE>. Timedependent checking was added by Uwe Ohse <>.  


tune2fs is part of the e2fsprogs package and is available for anonymous ftp from in /pub/linux/packages/ext2fs.  


dumpe2fs(8), e2fsck(8), mke2fs(8)