Deceiving xfs: if you want the real deal, go for xfsprogs

Август 17th, 2012 | Posted by elenst in Pensieve

You think you are smart when you run sudo mkfs -j -t ext3 /dev/sdb1? But you’re not. Look what happens:
mke2fs 1.41.11 (14-Mar-2010)
Filesystem label=
OS type: Linux

It’s still same old mke2fs, also known as “make me extN”. Quick look at man mkfs says that what I really want is mkfs.xfs. Only, I don’t have what I want.

How does one get what they want on Ubuntu? Ask apt-get. The question is what to ask. It’s not like I can say sudo apt-get install mkfs.xfs, can I? One can dream… How about sudo apt-get install xfs, it looks like an obvious choice? And it does install!

Spoiler: don’t trust obvious choices.

Still no mkfs.xfs. So, what did we get?
xfs(1): X font server

So, google it!

However opensource and free it is, every time I type in a search engine ‘Download <something>’, I feel like I’m cheating. anyway, the first link goes here

And now, sudo apt-get install xfsprogs… Finally.

sudo mkfs.xfs /dev/sdb1

mkfs.xfs: /dev/sdb1 appears to contain an existing filesystem (ext3).
mkfs.xfs: Use the -f option to force overwrite.

Yeah, tell me about it — I’ve already formatted to ext3, remember?

sudo mkfs.xfs -f /dev/sdb1

sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt
df -kT
/dev/sdb1 xfs 1039392 4256 1035136 1% /mnt


Need to remove the wrong XFS. X font server, my goodness.

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