Supeblock access from user space

MirJafar Ali mirjafarali at
Fri Feb 19 18:29:14 UTC 2010

Hello Nils

Thanks for a positive reply. I am not sure about how virtual machine works,
since we are not allowed to reboot the departmental machines, can I still
Xen/VMware to start Ubuntu. I am not sure, so please forgive me for my
in this field.


On Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 11:08 AM, Nils Kassube <kassube at> wrote:

> 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.
> Nils
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