Posts Tagged ‘kernel’

Enabling UFS r/w support in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Continuing my work with servers running Ubuntu, I’ve come across the issue of needing the ability to write to UFS filesystems via libguestfs. I was doing a lot of head-banding against various walls, until I came across this post (thanks a lot Oz Nahum!).

R/W support is *experimental*, you’ve been warned.

First create the build directory and download the source for your kernel:

sudo su -
apt-get build-dep --no-install-recommends linux-image-$(uname -r)
mkdir /usr/local/src/ufs_rw
cd /usr/local/src/ufs_rw
apt-get source linux-image-$(uname -r)
cd linux-3.x.y-z
cp -v /usr/src/linux-headers-3.x.y-z/Module.symvers .
cp -v /boot/config-3.x.y-z .
make EXTRAVERSION=-4 O=/usr/local/src/ufs_rw  oldconfig
sed -i 's/# CONFIG_UFS_FS_WRITE is not set/CONFIG_UFS_FS_WRITE=y/' /usr/local/src/ufs_rw/.config

Continue compiling:

make EXTRAVERSION=-4 O=~/ufs_rw prepare
make EXTRAVERSION=-4 O=~/ufs_rw outputmakefile
make EXTRAVERSION=-4 O=~/ufs_rw archprepare
make EXTRAVERSION=-4 O=~/ufs_rw modules SUBDIRS=scripts
make EXTRAVERSION=-4 O=~/ufs_rw modules SUBDIRS=fs/ufs

You’ll find your module here: /usr/local/src/ufs_rw/linux-[version]/fs/ufs/ufs.ko. From there, you can just copy the file to /lib/modules/3.x.y-z/kernel/fs/ufs — I preferred to rename the original to ‘’ vs. overwriting it.

Now with a modprobe ufs you’ll have UFS support loaded with r/w support!

Add timestamps to dmesg

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Had this issue come up at work recently.  We were troubleshooting a database & SAN issue, and desperately needed timestamps added to dmesg.  Finally found this helpful post on Arch Linux’s forums, much thanks to user “begray”.

To have timestamps added to dmesg entries, add the following parameter to your boot options:


Sadly, that didn’t help us in our situation (as we would have needed to reboot, nixing dmesg in our case), however it’s good to know for future treks. 🙂