Monthly Archives: December 2017

Sparse files are handy sometimes

Disk Space Piechart
I have somewhere an old 2T ext3 volume that holds some disk images, one of which being 1.5T in size (I know, I know). The filesystem was almost full and I needed some extra space to copy off some data. So I need to delete something in order to free up some space, right ? Wrong.

zerofree and fallocate to the rescue! [1]

root@host :/volume/images# zerofree -v 100/vm-100-disk-1.raw
root@host:/volume/images# fallocate -v --dig-holes 100/vm-100-disk-1.raw
100/vm-100-disk-1.raw: 895.5 GiB (961573908480 bytes) converted to sparse holes.

Now I have the free space to use as I wish!

Someday I must convert this volume to LVM-Thin.

root@host:~# apropos zerofree fallocate
fallocate (1) – preallocate or deallocate space to a file
zerofree (8) – zero free blocks from ext2, ext3 and ext4 file-systems