Reserved blocks in linux

Reserved blocks in linux

Reserved blocks are disk blocks reserved by the kernel for processes owned by privileged users to prevent operating system from a crash due to unavailability of storage space for critical processes. The default percentage of reserved block is 5 % of the total size of file system and can be increased or decreased based upon the requirement.

Example : We have 40GB in root and the situation reached 100%, all the non-privileged users processes wouldn’t able to login or write (because it’s running under nobody’) and the privileged user (root) has reserved block of 5% which will able to troubleshoot the disk space issue.

Using tune2fs command we can check the information.

root@:~# tune2fs -l /dev/md9 | grep Reserved

tune2fs 1.42.5 (29-Jul-2012)

Reserved block count:     0

Reserved blocks uid:      0 (user root)

Reserved blocks gid:      0 (group root)


root@~# dumpe2fs /dev/md9

The uid and gid confirm the Unix userid and Unix groupid of the user who will be allowed to tap into the reserved space.

Default block size of file system

root@linux:~# tune2fs -l /dev/sda2 | grep Block

Block count:              241966592

Block size:               4096

Blocks per group:         32768

To incerease or decrease the block size use the below command.

# tune2fs -m 0 /dev/md9


3 thoughts on “Reserved blocks in linux

  1. In the example, reserved block count says 0, how can we resize then?

  2. The example says Reserved Block Limit is 0, how can we resize then? Example also don’t deal with resizing. Could you please brief ‘ tune2fs -m 0 /dev/md9’

    • Hi Nick, Here I have decreased the reserved block size to 0, if you need to increase it you can do it tune2fs -m 5 /dev/md9 “Here you have increased 5% on md9. Note don’t decrease it on root partition.

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