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SubjectRe: zero out blocks of freed user data for operation a virtual machine environment
Thomas Glanzmann wrote:
> If you don't intend to have such an optional feature in ext3/ext4 I
> would like to know if you know a tool that makes it possible to zero out
> unused blocks?
> The only reference that I found for such a tool for Linux is the
> following:
Astounding use of backquote. I'm not sure about the "percent" bit. I
think it's some confusion over only 95% of total blocks being available
for allocation.

I, too, would not recommend it, but it becomes safer by repeatedly
allocating only half the remaining disk, stopping when there's only a
few blocks free, to leave some for all of the other processes.
Presumably it won't be a problem having (potentially) a few free blocks
that don't de-duplicate.

FileSystem=`grep ext /etc/mtab| awk -F" " '{ print $2 }'`

for i in $FileSystem
while number=`df -B 512 $i | awk -F" " '$4 < 10 {exit(1)} {print $4 / 2}'`
dd count=$number if=/dev/zero || break
done > $i/zf
rm -f $i/zf

Are you proposing to de-duplicate a live filesystem?

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