Check the reserved block percentage of an Ext2/3 filesystem

dumpe2fs -h /dev/sdX
You are probably aware that some percent of disk space on an ext2/ext3 file system is reserved for root (typically 5%). As documented elsewhere this can be reduced to 1% with tune2fs -m 1 /dev/sdX (where X = drive/partition, like /dev/sda1) but how do you check to see what the existing reserved block percentage actually is before making the change? You can find that with dumpe2fs -h /dev/sdX You get a raw block count and reserved block count, from which you can calculate the percentage. In the example here you can easily see that it's currently 1%, so you won't get any more available space by setting it to 1% again. FYI If your disks are IDE instead of SCSI, your filesystems will be /dev/hdX instead of /dev/sdX.
Sample Output
Block count:              137128831
Reserved block count:     1371288

By: dmmst19
2011-01-22 23:50:03

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When an ext-based filesystem has less than 5% free space, there can be significant performance reduction due to fragmentation. So it's generally not advisable to set the reserved block % below 5%, but if you are in a situation where you're willing to take the performance/fragmentation hit, at least you have the option with this command.
dmmst19 · 288 weeks and 2 days ago

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