The state of ext4 disck tools

Martin Webster lists at
Sat Aug 7 22:31:06 UTC 2010

On Sat, 2010-08-07 at 16:05 -0600, Karl Larsen wrote:


> The ext4 file system has far more files in /boot/grub/ directory than
> did ext3. There are fewer commands than ext3 but they do the job. The
> file that looks like menu.lst is grub.cfg. 

I think you may have misunderstood a couple of things. The ext4 file
system is the method of storing and organising files on a computer (as
is ext3.) It is not responsible for booting the operating systems and
doesn't place files in the folder you mention. However, the ext4 file
system needs a version of GRUB that understands ext4. The latest version
of Ubuntu (10.04) uses GRUB2 (version 1.98 and above) and I suggest this
is why you're seeing different files in /boot.

e2fsprogs provides the same utilities for ext2, ext3, and ext4.

As ever,

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