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By stitchman at 2006-08-25 12:44
This document is a guide to hiding the .journal you get when converting from ext2 to ext3 filesystem. A simple reboot will not hide it on the root filesystem, but will hide it on any additional partitions you converted. This is mostly done for cosmetic reasons since the .journal will still function if it is not in a hidden inode. I am writing this because I could not find a proper walkthrough for this, and I had to search through very old threads for clues to do it.

Also, this was written assuming you are running Slackware 10.2 and have the Slackware install CD 1. It should be easy to apply this walkthrough to other distributions, versions and boot CDs.

Step 1: If you have not already converted your filesystem to ext3 (from ext2) you might want to do so now.
# tune2fs -j /dev/hda*
replace the * with your drive's hda number.

Step 2: Change your /etc/fstab to reflect that the filesystem is now ext3. Simply replace instances of ext2 to ext3. Don't forget to save.

Step 3: Reboot with the Slackware install CD 1 in the cdrom drive. Use whichever kernel works for you (use the same one you installed with if that helps).

Step 4: Once you get to a command prompt you want to run a file system check for the root filesystem.
# e2fsck -f /dev/hda*
It may take a few minutes for the check to finish but when it does...

Step 5: Reboot and remove the CD from the drive to get back to your new ext3 Slackware.


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