Supeblock access from user space

Nils Kassube kassube at
Fri Feb 19 17:08:11 UTC 2010

MirJafar Ali wrote:
> It may be a stupid question, but is it possible to read the
>  superblock and inode data structures from the user space ?
> I don't have root password of the machines in the department.

There are no stupid questions - only stupid answers. And no, you can't 
have direct disk access without root privilege. From your previous posts 
I remember that you want to do some file system research. For that 
purpose it might be sufficient if you install Ubuntu in a virtual 
machine (like Virtualbox) whith a virtual disk. Then you would have root 
access for that virtual disk.


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