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1 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, Second Edition Chapter 6 Linux Filesystem Administration

2 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e2 Objectives Identify the structure and types of device files in the /dev directory Understand common filesystem types and their features Mount and unmount floppy disks to and from the Linux directory tree Mount and unmount CD-ROMs to and from the Linux directory tree Create hard disk partitions

3 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e3 Objectives (continued) Mount and unmount hard disk partitions to and from the Linux directory tree Monitor free space on mounted filesystems Check filesystems for errors Use hard disk quotas to limit user space usage

4 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e4 The /dev Directory Device file: File representing a system device –Typically found in /dev directory Character devices: Transfer data to and from system character by character Block devices: Transfer chunks or blocks of data using physical memory as a buffer –Fast data transfer –CD-ROM, HDD, floppy disks

5 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e5 The /dev Directory (continued) Table 6-1: Common device files

6 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e6 The /dev Directory (continued) Table 6-1 (continued): Common device files

7 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e7 The /dev Directory (continued) Major number: Points to the devices driver in the Linux kernel Minor number: Indicates the particular device Device file type (block or character), major number, and minor number make up a device files unique characteristics mknod command: Can be used to re-create a corrupted device file –Must know file type, major, and minor numbers

8 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e8 Filesystems Filesystem: Organization imposed on physical storage media Formatting: Creating a filesystem on a device

9 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e9 Filesystem Types Table 6-2: Common Linux filesystems

10 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e10 Filesystem Types (continued) Table 6-2 (continued): Common Linux filesystems

11 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e11 Mounting Mounting: Making a device accessible to users via the logical directory tree Mount point: Directory to which a device is attached –Any existing directory can be a mount point Root filesystem: When Linux filesystem first turned on, a filesystem on the hard drive is mounted to the / directory –Contains most OS files

12 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e12 Mounting (continued) Figure 6-1: The directory structure prior to mounting

13 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e13 Mounting (continued) Figure 6-2: The directory structure after mounting a floppy device

14 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e14 Mounting (continued) mount command: Used to mount devices to mount point directories –With no options or arguments, lists currently mounted filesystems umount command: Used to unmount devices from mount point directories

15 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e15 Working with Floppy Disks Floppy disks must be prepared before use –Formatted with a filesystem mkfs (make filesystem) command: Used to format a disk device with a filesystem ––t option: Specifies filesystem type –Default is ext2 filesystem To mount or unmount floppies, must ensure that no user is currently using the mount point directory fuser command: With the –u option, lists users using a directory

16 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e16 Working with Floppy Disks (continued) Table 6-3: Commands used to create filesystems

17 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e17 Working with Floppy Disks (continued) /etc/fstab file: Used to mount devices at boot time –Also consulted when users do not specify enough mount command arguments –Six fields: D evice to mount, mount point, type, mount options, dump#, fsck#

18 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e18 Working with Floppy Disks (continued) Table 6-4: Useful commands when mounting and unmounting filesystems

19 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e19 Working with Floppy Disks (continued) Figure 6-3: Mounting a floppy device using a GUI environment

20 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e20 Working with Floppy Disks (continued) Figure 6-4: Accessing filesystem devices in the KDE desktop

21 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e21 Working with CD-ROMs Most Linux systems have ATAPI-compliant IDE CD-ROM drive –Acts as a normal IDE hard disk –Must configure in one of the following: Primary master (/dev/hda) Primary slave (/dev/hdb) Secondary master (/dev/hdc) Secondary slave (/dev/hdd)

22 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e22 Working with CD-ROMs (continued) Typically use iso9660 filesystem type and are not writable –Mount with –r (read-only) option Cannot be ejected until properly unmounted

23 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e23 Working with Hard Disks IDE HDDs must be configured in one of the following: –Primary master (/dev/hda) –Primary slave (/dev/hdb) –Secondary master (/dev/hdc) –Secondary slave (/dev/hdd) Different device file for each

24 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e24 Working with Hard Disks (continued) SCSI hard disks well-suited to Linux servers –Faster access speed –Multiple hard drives can be attached to a controller Associated with different device files –First SCSI HDD (/dev/sda) –Second SCSI HDD (/dev/sdb) –Third SCSI HDD (/dev/sdc) –And so on

25 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e25 Hard Disk Partitioning As disk size increases, organization becomes more difficult and chance of error increases Partition: A physical division of an HDD; can have own filesystem Good practice to use more than two partitions –Segregate different types of data –Allow for use of multiple filesystem types on one HDD –Reduce chance that filesystem corruption will render a system unusable –Speeds up access to stored data; keep filesystems small

26 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e26 Hard Disk Partitioning (continued) Track: Areas on a hard disk that form a concentric circle of sectors Sector: Smallest unit of data storage on a hard disk Block: Combination of sectors; commonly used by filesystem commands Cylinder: Series consisting of the same concentric track on all of the metal platters inside a HDD Partition definitions stored in first readable sector of the hard disk –Master Boot Record (MBR) or master boot block (MBB)

27 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e27 Hard Disk Partitioning (continued) Figure 6-5: The physical areas of a hard disk

28 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e28 Hard Disk Partitioning (continued) Table 6-5: Common hard disk partition device files for /dev/hda and /dev/sda

29 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e29 Hard Disk Partitioning (continued) Table 6-5 (continued): Common hard disk partition device files for /dev/hda and /dev/sda

30 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e30 Hard Disk Partitioning (continued) Figure 6-6: A sample Linux partitioning strategy

31 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e31 Hard Disk Partitioning (continued) Figure 6-7: A sample dual-boot Linux partitioning strategy

32 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e32 Working with Hard Disk Partitions fdisk command: Create partitions after installation –Specify hard disk partition as an argument tune2fs command: Create a journal file on the filesystem –Convert ext2 to ext3 Edit /etc/fstab file to allow system to mount new filesystems automatically at boot time

33 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e33 Monitoring Filesystems Check mounted filesystems periodically –Errors –Disk Space usage –Inode usage

34 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e34 Disk Usage Using more filesystems typically results in less hard disk space per filesystem –Errors when filesystems fill up with data e.g., free space on / filesystem falls below 10% df (disk free space) command: Monitor free space used by mounted filesystems ––h option: More user friendly

35 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e35 Disk Usage (continued) du (directory usage) command: View size of a directory and contents in Kilobytes ––s option: Summarizes output dumpe2fs command: View total number of inodes and free inodes for ext2 or ext3 filesystem –Use –h option

36 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e36 Checking Filesystems for Errors Filesystem corruption: Errors in filesystem structure preventing retrieval of data –Commonly occurs due to improper system shutdown Syncing: Process of writing data stored in RAM to the HDD Bad blocks: Unusable areas of a disk –Cannot hold a magnetic charge

37 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e37 Checking Filesystems for Errors (continued) fsck (filesystem check) command: Check a filesystem for errors –Filesystem must be unmounted ––f option used to perform full check e2fsck command: Check ext2 and ext3 filesystems Reiserfsck: Check reiserfs filesystems

38 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e38 Checking Filesystems for Errors (continued) Table 6-6: Common options to the fsck command

39 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e39 Hard Disk Quotas If several users on a system, must be enough hard disk space for each users files Hard disk quotas: User limits on filesystem usage –Restrict number of files/directories or total disk space usage Soft limit: User may exceed quota briefly Hard limit: Limit cannot be exceeded

40 Linux+ Guide to Linux Certification, 2e40 Hard Disk Quotas (continued) quotaon and quotaoff commands: Toggle quotas on and off edquota command: Edit user quotas repquota command: Report user quotas quota command: Allows regular users to view quotas and current usage


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