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how to determine where a file is on a umount partitions of the same disk?

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In linux, how can I search for a file on umount partitions of the same disk?

For exmple, I'm trying to search for a file name 2530script on the following umounted partitions

/dev/sdc1  
/dev/sdc2  
/dev/sdc3  
/dev/sdc5  
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i think you need to mount then search using find command
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Deepak Kosaraju earned 1500 total points
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Omarfarid: Is Correct, there is no method of searching for a file on unmounted filesystems. Its not at all possible even on Windows.
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by:Maciej S
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Actually, it can be possible, but I wouldn't trust it in 100%.

If all partitions you wrote above are unmounted, you can try this:
strings /dev/sdc1 | grep 2530script
strings /dev/sdc2 | grep 2530script
strings /dev/sdc3 | grep 2530script
strings /dev/sdc5 | grep 2530script
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by:Maciej S
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You can also use this when your partitions are mounted - it won't hurt you - but in such situation I would rather use "find" utility :)
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by:ai_ja_nai
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oklit had a good idea... but printing on standard output all the filesystem can take a looooooooooooot of time (even if grep cleans away the garbage)
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areyouready344:

can you clarify why you want it for unmounted partitions? are these raw partitions?
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The reason why I wanted to search a file on unmounted was because I wasn't sure if linux keep the same mapping of a device file (for example, /dev/sda) to the same scsi hard disk when removing other scsi hard dsik and needed this same device file (/dev/sda) for logging information.

For example, if I remove device file /dev/sdb to a particular scsi disk, will linux change the device file of /dev/sdc to device /dev/sdb now that it has been remove previously. This issue has been resolve because now I use a USB thumb device as the logging location for log files and just create a mount point to it.
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