returning ext3 to ext2

Jacob Schmude jschmude at
Sun Nov 9 02:07:04 EST 2003

Well, I'm not sure why you would want to, but the simplest way is:
mount the ext3 filesystem as ext2
then remove the .journal file from the root dir of the filesystem
That clears away ext3. If you want to use it as ext2 but don't necessarily want to remove the ext3 capability, just mount it as ext2. Again, not sure why anyone 
would want to do this, given ext2's extremely long boot-up check after an improper shutdown.

On Sun, 9 Nov 2003 17:35:27 +1100, Shaun Oliver wrote:

>the subject says it all.
>is there a way one can return an ext3 filesystem to ext2 short of
>reformatting it?

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