Subject: Re: FS clean bit, is it reliable?
To: Daniel Carosone <>
From: Jason Thorpe <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/05/1995 21:44:13
On Mon, 06 Nov 1995 11:18:05 +1100 
 Daniel Carosone <> wrote:

[ Trimmed that obscene Cc: list :-) ]

 > I don't think I've ever seen it place files in lost+found (though II
 > could of course have missed or fogotten a case or two). I *know* that
 > I have seen it many times find "unreferenced files" with non-zero
 > size, and it's cleared them instead of reconnected them.

I've seen things get places in lost+found before, after serious 
filesystem spammage (an HP-IB disk on my FTP server was failing, and it 
happened to contain the /usr filesystem).  I think the things you're 
seeing are files that have been explicitly unlinked, and their ref count 
has dropped to 0.

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