Le 20/09/2016 à 21:43, Austin S. Hemmelgarn a écrit :
> On 2016-09-20 14:53, Alexandre Poux wrote:
>> Le 20/09/2016 à 20:38, Chris Murphy a écrit :
>>> On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Alexandre Poux <pums...@gmail.com>
>>>> Le 20/09/2016 à 19:54, Chris Murphy a écrit :
>>>>> On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 11:03 AM, Alexandre Poux
>>>>> <pums...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> If I wanted to try to edit my partitions with an hex editor,
>>>>>> where would
>>>>>> I find infos on how to do that ?
>>>>>> I really don't want to go this way, but if this is relatively
>>>>>> simple, it
>>>>>> may be worth to try.
>>>>> Simple is relative. First you'd need
>>>>> https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/On-disk_Format to get some
>>>>> understanding of where things are to edit, and then btrfs-map-logical
>>>>> to convert btrfs logical addresses to physical device and sector to
>>>>> know what to edit.
>>>>> I'd call it distinctly non-trivial and very tedious.
>>>> OK, another idea:
>>>> would it be possible to trick btrfs with a manufactured file that the
>>>> disk is present while it isn't ?
>>>> I mean, looking for a few minutes on the hexdump of my trivial test
>>>> partition, header of members of btrfs array seems very alike.
>>>> So maybe, I can make a file wich would have enough header to make
>>>> believe that this is my device, and then remove it as usual....
>>>> looks like a long shot, but it doesn't hurt to ask....
>>> There may be another test that applies to single profiles, that
>>> disallows dropping a device. I think that's the place to look next.
>>> The superblock is easy to copy, but you'll need the device specific
>>> UUID which should be locatable with btrfs-show-super -f for each
>>> devid. The bigger problem is that Btrfs at mount time doesn't just
>>> look at the superblock and then mount. It actually reads parts of each
>>> tree, the extent of which I don't know. And it's doing a bunch of
>>> sanity tests as it reads those things, including transid (generation).
>>> So I'm not sure how easily spoofable a fake device is going to be.
>>> As a practical matter, migrate it to a new volume is faster and more
>>> reliable. Unfortunately, the inability to mount it read write is going
>>> to prevent you from making read only snapshots to use with btrfs
>>> send/receive. What might work, is find out what on-disk modification
>>> btrfs-tune does to make a device a read-only seed. Again your volume
>>> is missing a device so btrfs-tune won't let you modify it. But if you
>>> could force that to happen, it's probably a very minor change to
>>> metadata on each device, maybe it'll act like a seed device when you
>>> next mount it, in which case you'll be able to add a device and
>>> remount it read write and then delete the seed causing migration of
>>> everything that does remain on the volume over to the new device. I've
>>> never tried anything like this so I have no idea if it'll work. And
>>> even in the best case I haven't tried a multiple device seed going to
>>> a single device sprout (is it even allowed when removing the seed?).
>>> So...more questions than answers.
>> Sorry if I wasn't clear, but with the patch mentionned earlyer, I can
>> get a read write mount.
>> What I can't do is remove the device.
>> As for moving data to an another volume, since it's only data and
>> nothing fancy (no subvolume or anything), a simple rsync would do the
>> My problem in this case is that I don't have enough available space
>> elsewhere to move my data.
>> That's why I'm trying this hard to recover the partition...
> First off, as Chris said, if you can read the data and don't already
> have a backup, that should be your first priority. This really is an
> edge case that's not well tested, and the kernel technically doesn't
> officially support it.
> Now, beyond that and his suggestions, there's another option, but it's
> risky, so I wouldn't even think about trying it without a backup
> (unless of course you can trivially regenerate the data). Multiple
> devices support and online resizing allows for a rather neat trick to
> regenerate a filesystem in place. The process is pretty simple:
> 1. Shrink the existing filesystem down to the minimum size possible.
> 2. Create a new partition in the free space, and format it as a
> temporary BTRFS filesystem. Ideally, this FS should be mixed mode,
> and ideally single profile. If you don't have much free space, you
> can use a flash drive to start this temporary filesystem instead.
> 3. Start copying files from the old filesystem to the temporary one.
> 4. Once the new filesystem is about 95% full, stop copying, shrink the
> old filesystem again, create a new partition, and add that partition
> to the temporary filesystem.
> 5. Repeat steps 3-4 until you have everything off of the old filesystem.
> 6. Re-format the remaining portion of the old filesystem using the
> parameters you want for the replacement filesystem.
> 7. Start copying files from the temporary filesystem to the new
> 8. As you empty out each temporary partition, remove it from the
> temporary filesystem, delete the partition, and expand the new
> This takes a while, and is only safe if you have reliable hardware,
> but I've done it before and it works reliably as long as you don't
> have many big files on the old filesystem (things can get complicated
> if you do). The other negative aspect is that if you aren't careful,
> it's possible to get stuck half-way, but in such a case, adding a
> flash drive to the temporary filesystem can usually give you enough
> extra space to get things unstuck.
OK, good idea, but to be able to do that, I have to use the patch that
allow me to mount the partition in rw, otherwise I won't be able to
shrink it I suppose..
And even with the patch I'm not sure that I won't get an IO error the
same way I get it when I try to remove the device.
I will try it on my virtual machine.
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