dump ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem information
dumpe2fs [ -bfghixV ] [ -o superblock= superblock ] [ -o blocksize= blocksize ] device
dumpe2fs prints the super block and blocks group information for the filesystem present on device.
Note: When used with a mounted filesystem, the printed information may be old or inconsistent.
-b print the blocks which are reserved as bad in the filesystem.
-o superblock= superblock use the block superblock when examining the filesystem. This option is not usually needed except by a filesystem wizard who is examining the remains of a very badly corrupted filesystem.
-o blocksize= blocksize use blocks of blocksize bytes when examining the filesystem. This option is not usually needed except by a filesystem wizard who is examining the remains of a very badly corrupted filesystem.
-f force dumpe2fs to display a filesystem even though it may have some filesystem feature flags which dumpe2fs may not understand (and which can cause some of dumpe2fs's display to be suspect).
-g display the group descriptor information in a machine readable colon-separated value format. The fields displayed are the group number; the number of the first block in the group; the superblock location (or -1 if not present); the range of blocks used by the group descriptors (or -1 if not present); the block bitmap location; the inode bitmap location; and the range of blocks used by the inode table.
-h only display the superblock information and not any of the block group descriptor detail information.
-i display the filesystem data from an image file created by e2image, using device as the pathname to the image file.
-m If the mmp feature is enabled on the filesystem, check if device is in use by another node, see e2mmpstatus(8) for full details. If used together with the -i option, only the MMP block information is printed.
-x print the detailed group information block numbers in hexadecimal format
-V print the version number of dumpe2fs and exit.
dumpe2fs exits with a return code of 0 if the operation completed without errors. It will exit with a non-zero return code if there are any errors, such as problems reading a valid superblock, bad checksums, or if the device is in use by another node and -m is specified.
You may need to know the physical filesystem structure to understand the output.
dumpe2fs is part of the e2fsprogs package and is available from http://e2fsprogs.sourceforge.net.
dumpe2fs was written by Remy Card <Remy.Card@linux.org>. It is currently being maintained by Theodore Ts'o <firstname.lastname@example.org>.