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NAME

     convertfs - in-place filesystem conversion

SYNOPSIS

     convertfs device from_fs_type to_fs_type

DESCRIPTION

     This simple toolset allows you to change type of file system in the lack
     of backup space. The idea is to use sparse files support of primary
     filesystem. We create a sparse image of block device, mkfs secondary
     filesystem on it, mount it, mv files from primary filesystem to mounted
     image and then map image to the device.

     Remapping utility uses some kind of journaling to avoid breakage in case
     of power failure. It’s expected that you have linux 2.4, glibc 2.2,
     recent util-linux, fileutils.

     You can convert from virtually any filesystem type to virtually any one
     as long as they are both block-oriented and supported by Linux for
     read/write, and as long as primary filesystem supports sparse files.

EXAMPLE

     convertfs /dev/hda2 ext2 reiserfs

AUTHOR

     convertfs has been written by Sergei Tzukanov 〈tzukanov@narod.ru〉.

     This manual page was written by Guus Sliepen 〈guus@debian.org〉 for the
     Debian GNU/Linux system.