Re: Reasons to honor readonly mount requests

From: Pavel Machek (
Date: Wed Feb 07 2001 - 18:49:38 EST


> > I understand that both ext3fs and
> > reiserfs will try to fix corrupt filesystems (or at least filesystems
> > with unprocessed log entries) in-place even if they're mounted
> > read-only. Clearly, virtual replay means more work, but -- just for
> > fun -- here are some cases in which it might matter:
> >
> > 1. You want the disk image untouched for forensic analysis or data
> > recovery.
> > 2. You don't trust the disk to do writes properly.
> > 3. You don't trust the driver to do writes properly.
> > 4. You want to test a newer or unstable FS implementation w/ option to
> > go back to the older one.
> Excluding the root fs (which probably isn't involved in these sorts of
> things anyways), you can always turn off the "RECOVERY" flag on the
> filesystem and mount ext3 as ext2, which will not do any recovery.

_If_ you happen to realize that mount -o ro -t ext3 is not really read
only. sct know it may write to filesystem, now I know it; but I
believe that if you asked Joe Admin

"Linux writes to partition mounted read-only in some cases; is it a

he would say


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