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       zerofree — zero free blocks from ext2/3 file-systems


       zerofree [-n]  [-v]  filesystem


       zerofree  finds  the  unallocated,  non-zeroed  blocks in an ext2 or ext3 filesystem (e.g.
       /dev/hda1) and fills them with zeroes. This is useful if the device on  which  this  file-
       system  resides  is  a  disk  image.  In this case, depending on the type of disk image, a
       secondary utility may be able to reduce the size of the disk image after zerofree has been

       The usual way to achieve the same result (zeroing the unallocated blocks) is to run dd (1)
       to create a file full of zeroes that takes up the entire free space on the drive, and then
       delete this file. This has many disadvantages, which zerofree alleviates:

          ·  it is slow;

          ·  it makes the disk image (temporarily) grow to its maximal extent;

          ·  it  (temporarily) uses all free space on the disk, so other concurrent write actions
             may fail.

       filesystem has to be unmounted or mounted read-only for zerofree to  work.  It  will  exit
       with  an  error  message  if the filesystem is mounted writable. To remount the root file-
       system readonly, you can first switch to single user runlevel (telinit 1) then  use  mount
       -o remount,ro filesystem.

       zerofree  has been written to be run from GNU/Linux systems installed as guest OSes inside
       a virtual machine. It may however be useful in other situations.


       -n        Perform a dry run  (do not modify the file-system);

       -v        Be verbose.


       dd (1).


       This manual page was written by Thibaut Paumard  <>  for  the
       Debian  system  (but  may  be  used by others).  Permission is granted to copy, distribute
       and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License,  Version  2
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