Converting / from EXT2 to EXT3 while booted on / (root partition)

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  1. Tentative notes for converting / from ext2 to ext3 while booted on /:
  2. unmount everything (including /proc …)
  3. tune2fs -Ohas_journal /dev/cciss/c0d0p3 (assuming c0d0p3 is your root partition)
  4. mount -t ext3 -o remount,rw / /
  5. change the root entry in /etc/fstab
  6. mount -a
  7. mkinitrd /boot/initrd-ext3 2.4.18-3-smp
  8. edit grub to point to the new initrd
  9. shutdown -r now

Converting / from EXT3 to EXT2
while booted on the installation CD

Note: It appears that you cannot convert from ext3 to ext2 while booted on it. You must boot to the installation CD in rescue mode or you must pivot_root over to the initrd filesystem.

  1. Tentative notes for converting / from ext3 to ext2:
  2. Boot to the RH73 installation CD
  3. at the boot prompt enter “linux rescue”
  4. Have the rescue portion mount everything as rw
  5. tune2fs -O^has_journal /dev/cciss/c0d0p3
  6. fsck.ext2 -f /dev/cciss/c0d0p3
  7. mount -t ext2 -o remount,rw / /
  8. rm -f /.journal
  9. /mnt/sysimage/usr/sbin/chroot /mnt/sysimage
  10. mkinitrd /boot/initrd-ext2 2.4.18-3-smp
  11. change the root entry in /etc/fstab
  12. edit grub to point to the new initrd
  13. exit (from chroot)
  14. exit (from rescue mode) – system will reboot and CD will eject

EXT3 fix for RH71, 72, 73, and 80 now available:

Advisory: RHBA-2002:292-05
Last updated on: 2002-12-20

New kernel fixes ext3 data-journaling data loss and tg3 hang

Updated packages for Red Hat Linux 7.1, 7.1K, 7.2, 7.3, and 8.0 are now
available that fix a bug in the ext3 file system discovered in the previous
errata kernel. The bug has the potential to cause data loss if the file
system is used in a non-default way.

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