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"mkfs.ext3 device" on a small device.

2006-07-11
2012-11-28
  • Mathieu Avila
    Mathieu Avila
    2006-07-11

    Hello all,

    When a use "mkfs.ext3 device" on a small device,
    - it does not create a journal,
    - says with it cannot,
    - and succeeds.

    However, i thought the main feature of ext3 compared to ext2 was the journal, so i'm surprised that mkfs.ext3 doesn't exit on error.

    When i mount my filesystem with "mount -t ext3 ..." it exits on error, because there is no journal.
    When i mount it with auto-detection, it mounts an ext2 filesystem. This may seem normal, but i invoked "mkfs.ext3", because i wanted an ext3 filesystem.

    Do you think this is a bug ?